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  •  A general strike might work, but only if everyone (0+ / 0-)

    could be certain that business wouldn't immediately outsource their jobs.  There are right-wingers at my work -- hundreds in fact -- who'd still come to work, making any effort on my part to walk off the job for a day or a week completely irrelevant.

    And a right-winger or outsourced contractor would simply take my job.  I'm not in a union. I'm in lower "management" which is what they call people who do their bidding at any hour of the day or night without overtime and without any representation or negotiating capacity over job conditions.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 10:00:16 PM PDT

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    •  You think that's the general strike (0+ / 0-)

      that would work?  Stop working for a day, or a week?  Big money barely needs us as it is.

      The general strike that would work is to get everybody to stop paying their bills.  Stop paying their utility bills and their credit and loan payments.  TPTB will sit up and take notice of that in a hurry.

      From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. -Immanuel Kant

      by Nellebracht on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 10:19:44 PM PDT

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    •  JMO (0+ / 0-)

      You don't strike because the only person that hurts are those willing to take that stand. What you do is cut off the pennies we spend to the fuckers and force them to survive on the dollars they already get from the masters. The trick is the masters don't have that many votes.

      Elect people that aren't looking for status tell me when you find one

      There are no sacred cows.

      by LaEscapee on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 10:31:10 PM PDT

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    •  I understand (0+ / 0-)

      But let me try to say this in a different frame: Knowing the "How" is not important. Knowing the "Why", or the imagination- that's the important thing.

      This might be fun for you.  http://bigthink.com/...

      It's like having an open minded approach. You wish for things, and you let them manifest. We do this all the time, but sometimes we are too cynical to see just how they manifested without allowing that they did because the imagination was the driving force, not real, hard, practical things like "work" and "situation" because those things are only real in our minds (and generally as prisons, although they might actually be nice places... given a different perspective.)

      So, we just need to know the Why- we want to be like Blank... So, we start looking at Blank, and then learning about Blank, and then insisting we we treated like Blank, and things start going in Blank's direction. If we wait to figure out "How", we will just get twisted in the work of it, or the rescue of it, or the... blah, it will be someone else's vision- and that won't work as well.

      This will give you some ideas:
      http://gigaom.com/...

      Click on the link in the fist paragraph to connect with the draft of this new constitution.

      The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution. Paul Cezanne

      by MeToo on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 10:31:29 PM PDT

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      •  Link at he bottom of my post is about Iceland's (0+ / 0-)

        new constitution. Didn't see that the link description was cut off before posting!

        The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution. Paul Cezanne

        by MeToo on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 10:33:30 PM PDT

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        •  It wasn't crowdsourced, and it's still just a bill (0+ / 0-)

          And even the bill won't necessarily give us a constitution the same as the proposal.

          That said, it's a nice draft.  Not happy about the lack of change in the church and state issue, but apart from that, quite nice.

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