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there is one organized force which traditionally plenty of flaws but with all its flaws it's been in the forefront of the. efforts to improve the lives of the general population that's organized labor it's also a barrier to corporate tyranny so it's the one barrier to this vicious cycle going on which does lead to corporate tyranny. earl earlier a major reason for the concentrated honest fanatic attack on unions and organized labor is they are a democratizing force. to provide a barrier that defends workers' rights but also popular rights generally.
and that it interferes with the prerogatives hour for those who own and manage inside. i should say said and a union sentiment in the united states among elites is so strong that the fundamental couper of labor rights the basic principle in the international labor organization is the rate of free association which would mean the right to form unions u.s. has never ratified. but i think the us may be alone among major sides and their respect. it's considered so far out of the spectrum of american politics it literally has never been considered. her number that the u.s. has a lawn or a violent labor history his. society. had been very strong about the one nine hundred twenty s. . period not unlike today who was virtually crushed.
by the mincer is a beacon to reconstruct. truth a dozen or is felt he himself was rather sympathetic to progressive legislation that would be in the benefit of the general population but he had to somehow get it passed so he informed labor leaders and others forced me to do it. what he meant is going to help demonstrate we're going to protest develop the labor movement. when the popular pressures fission and be able to control the legislation
you know i am not for a were. killed last definition of a day and hour when many as a free people well being gradually regimented into the. family feel. i prefer that broad definition. so there was a kind of combination of a sympathetic government and by the mid thirty's very substantial but bitter activism. there were industrial action there were sit down strikes which are very frightening two. hundred ships. have to recognize a sit down straight is just one step before saying we don't need bushes we can run this by yourselves. and business was told to read the business press say and. late thirty's they were
talking about to the hazard facing industrialists in the rising political power of the masses which has to be repressed things were on hold during the second world war but immediately after the second world war the business offensive began in force. test partly as a. tourist start any quality in labor management. the mccarthyism was used for a massive corporate propaganda offensives to attack union. increased sharply during the reagan years and reagan pretty much told the business world if you want to illegally break bergen izing efforts and strikes go ahead they are in violation of the law and if they do not report for work within forty eight hours they have forfeited their jobs and will be terminated continued in the ninety's and of course with george w.
bush went through the roof by now less than seven percent of private sector workers have unions. the effect is that the usual counterforce to an offensive or highly class conscious business klyce is dissolved. not if you're in a position of power you want to maintain class consciousness for yourself but a limited everywhere else you're back to the nineteenth century in the early days of the industrial revolution and the united states working people were very conscious of this they in fact overwhelmingly regarded that wage labor as not very different from slavery to the different only in that it was temporary effect of such a popular idea that was a slogan of the republican party. well that was
a very sharp class consciousness in the interests of power and privilege it's good to drive those ideas out of people's heads you don't want them to know that they're an oppressed class so this is one of the few societies magicks don't talk about class in fact the national class is very simple who gives the orders who follows and that basically defines class it's more nuanced and complex but that's basically it. the public relations industry the advertising industry which is dedicated to creating consumers it's a phenomenon developed in the freest countries in britain and the united states and the reason is pretty clear it became clear by a say
a century ago that it was not going to be so easy to control the population by force too much freedom and one. labor going to ising parliamentary labor parties in many countries women started to get the french as and so on she had to have other means of controlling people and it was understood and expressed they have to control them by control of. beliefs and attitudes well one of the best ways to control people in terms of attitudes is what the great political economists they're stunned blind called fabricating consumers. if you can fabricate a want to. make obtaining things that are just about within your reach the essence of life they're going to be trapped into becoming a consumer's. and you read the business press say nine hundred twenty s.
it talks about the need to direct people to the superficial things of life like fashionable consumption and that will keep him out of our hair. you find his doctrine all through progressive intellectual folk but walter lippmann the major progress of intellectual of the twentieth century. he wrote famous progressive essays on democracy in which his view is exactly that the public must be put in their place so that the responsible men can make decisions without interference from the be willed and heard. there to be spectators not participants then you get a properly functioning democracy straight back to madison on to the polls memory and so on and the advertising industry just exploded. with with this as its goal fabricating consumers.
and it's done with great sophistication. many whilst down. as one of the last known while very singular. whom are aware of the kind. of the ideal is which actually seemed to did. we're let's see teenage girls they have a free set or afternoon we'll go walking in a shopping mall not the library or somewhere else. the idea is to try to control everyone has to turn the whole society into the perfect system. perfect system would be a society based on a diet and a pair the pair is you and your television set or maybe now you in the internet. in which that presents you with would. the proper life would be with trying to
gauge and you spend your time and effort to gaining those things which you don't need you don't want maybe to throw away. but that's the measure of a decent life. what we see is in say advertising on television if you've ever taken an economics course you know that markets are supposed to be based on informed consumers making rational choices well if we had a system like that a market system in a television ad would consist of say general motors putting up information saying here's what we have for sale a somber an ad for a car is an ad for occurs a football hero you know an actress in the car doing some crazy thing like going up a mountain or something the point is to create uninformed consumers who will make
irrational choices that's what advertising is all about. and when the same institutions p.r. . system runs elections they do it the same way. they want to create an uninformed electorate which will make irrational choices so often against their own interests and we see it every time one of these extravaganzas takes place. right after the election. president obama won an award from the advertising industry for the best marketing campaign and was reported here if you go to the international business press executives were euphoric they said we've been selling candidates marketing candidates like you know toothpaste ever since reagan and this is the greatest achievement we have i don't usually agree with therapy. and but when she mocks the much she calls the hopi
changey stuff she's right first of all obama didn't really promise anything that's mostly illusion you go back to the campaign rhetoric and take a look at it has very little discussion of policy issues and for very good reason because public opinion on policy is sharply disconnected from what the two party leadership and their financial backers want. poesy even more and more is focused on the private interests that fund the campaigns. with the public being marginalized. when lawmakers manufacture consensus uncertainty of public wealth. when the
ruling classes project themselves. in the financial merry go round live to soon be the one percent told. to ignore middle of the room six. zero. zero six will go through a period of sort of little slow first bloody. murder might begin while to the minute that it was and i go to the well now you look. as if you look up all of the good enough that all you want the solicitor got it would put me on the management of that it's a liberal socialist government you'll know paul. well it was pretty good growing closer to the old crow but you're still too much because you go along with the
leading political scientists martin guillen's came out with a study of the relation between public attitudes and the wood mostly what he shows is that about seventy percent of the population has no way of influencing. but they might as well be and some other country. and the population knows. what it's led to is a population that angry frustrated and i hate institutions. and it's not acting constructively to try to respond to that. there is popular mobilization and activism but in very self destructive directions. taking the form of unfocused anger attacks on one another and on vulnerable targets that's what
happens in cases like this. it is corrosive of social relations but that's the point the point is to make people to hate and fear each other and look at only for themselves and don't do anything for anyone else. one place you see it strikingly is on april fifteenth. april fifteenth is going to measure the day if they are taxes of how democratic a society is a different play dificid is really democratic april fifteenth would be a day of celebration it's a day when the population gets together decides to fund the pro. grams and activities that they have formulated agreed upon to be better than the solution celebrated another way it is needed state it's a day of mourning it's
a day in which some alien power you know has nothing to do with you is coming down to steal your hard earned money and you do everything you can they keep from doing . that is a kind of a measure of the extent to which at least in popular consciousness democracy is actually functioning. not her attractive picture. the tendencies that we've been describing within american society unless there are reversed it's going to be an extremely ugly society i'm a society that's based on adam smith's final maxim you know all for myself nothing for anyone else. a
society in which normal human instincts an emotion of sympathy so there really be a true sport in which they're kind of like driven out. that society so ugly i don't even know who'd want to live in it i wouldn't want my children to. give the society is based on control by private wealth it will reflect the values that in fact does reflect. a value that is green and that lead to maximize personal game at the expense of others and the society has made a small society based on that principle as a good way to control. a global society based on that principle is headed for asking. structure. and i don't think we're smart enough to design in any detail what
a perfectly just and free society would be like i think we can give some guidelines and more significant we can ask how we can progress in that direction. john dewey the leading social philosopher in the late twentieth century he argued that until all institutions production commerce. media unless they're all under participatory democratic control we will not have a functioning democratic society. as he put it policy will be the shadow cast by business over a society. that's centrally true.
where there are structures of authority domination and hire somebody gives the orders somebody takes them as they are not self-justifying who they have to justify themselves and their burden to prove to me. will if you take a close look usually find they can't justify themselves to say can't we ought to be dismantling. trying to expand the domain of freedom and justice way dismantling that form of illegitimate authority and in fact progress over the years but we'll thankfully recognize as progress has been just that the way things change is because lots of people are working all the time and. you know they're working in their communities in their workplace or wherever they happen to be and they're building up the basis for popular movements which are going to make changes and
that's the way everything has ever happened in history. takes a freedom of speech. one of the real achievements of american society it's the first in the world in that it's not the bill of rights it's time that the constitution and freedom of speech issues began to come to the supreme court in the early twentieth century. the major contributions came in the one nine hundred sixty s. one of the leading ones was a case involving the civil rights movement well but then you had a mass popular movement which was demanding rights. refusing to back down and in that context the supreme court did establish a pretty high standard freedom of speech or it takes a women's right women also began identifying oppressive structures refusing to accept them or he'd go their people to join with them well that's her right to return. to trouville extent if also spent
a lot of my life in activism camilla doesn't show up publicly but you know. terribly good at it and not the greatest organizer i think that we can see quite clearly some very very serious defect was an error. which are going to have to be corrected by operating out of the right that is commonly accepted i think we're going to have to find new ways but it has. been the activists or people who have created the rights that we enjoy. in the area carrying out proces based on information that they're receiving but also contributing to the understanding remembers are separate processes. that you have agreed to try to do things you learn you learn that with the world slow. that feeds back to the understanding of how to go. there's huge
opportunities it is a very free society still for his world. government is very limited capacity to coerce corporate business may try to coerce but there are mechanisms. so there's a lot to be done if people organise struggle for the right susan is done best and can win many victories communed. my close friend for many years later cowards in. to put in his word that what matters is the countless small deeds of unknown people who lay the basis for the significant events that enter history. there's a ones who have done things in the past the angelus do it future. gringo
christians facia extinction why is that deve politically incorrect in the west foundational religion. desists is a sticker from the water bottle phone in the stomach of a fish the brand is part of the coca-cola company which sells millions of bottles of soda every day the idea was that let's tell consumers there are the bad ones there the litter bugs are throwing this away industry should be blamed for all of this waste the company has long promised to reuse the plastic. may. stay in your own hands at a special projects funded me. on i knew that is the end of it for the city of fun now the mountains of waste only grow higher.
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