Do Workers Still Have Power?

Socialism 2017

August 15, 2017

It is common to argue that neoliberal restructuring has either dissolved anything resembling the working class of yesterday or rendered the working class so fragmented, precarious, and permanently disorganized that it no longer is able to possess the power that it once had. The irony is that the world working class, in industry and in services, is the largest it has ever been. The global wage-earning, non-agricultural workforce grew from 1.5 billion in 1999 to 2.1 billion in 2013, now composing half of the world’s workforce. Labor remains the lifeblood of capitalism. This talk will argue that though the working class in the U.S. and in many other parts of the world is relatively disorganized and weak, its power to transform itself, and society, remains a great untapped potential that is the only basis on which capitalism can be successfully challenged and replaced.

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