The Sleeping Giant Awakens: How Workers Can Transform Society

Socialism 2018

July 05, 2018

The nationwide wave of teachers' strikes this year has brought back class struggle, along with the strike weapon, to a whole new generation of workers. In this talk, we will discuss the context that these strikes arose out of, with a working class restructured to meet the changing demands of capital in the neoliberal era. Workers in caring professions such as teaching and nursing find themselves at the nexus of the interlocking sets of social crises being faced across the country, and it is no accident that strikes are kicking off among these workers first. The strike wave that kicked off in West Virginia has provided not only a path forward for militants in the labor movement but a glimpse into the potential power that workers have to reshape society at its roots and put capitalism in its grave.

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