Americans are woefully ignorant of their history and believe their high standard of living fell from heaven -- we are God's chosen people after all -- and some think it was bestowed upon them by Democrats, which is pure hogwash. Revisions to labor laws under the Franklin Roosevelt administration that helped facilitate the modern labor movement were part of a broader phenomena; the entire Roosevelt Administration New Deal was the Democrats response to the rising power of the labor movement and of socialism in the US and to a greater extent in Europe. Roosevelt cleverly co-opted that movement's power and rescued Capitalism from itself.
|Hillary Clinton, Randi Weingarten|
There is much to be criticized in today's labor movement. It's leaders, Democrat like Weingarten, do all they can to keep unions safely in the Democratic Party fold. Some, like Teamster's president Jimmy Hoffa Jr, even endorse Republicans. Democrats expect and are granted union support by union leaders with no strings attached. In New Mexico we have the pathetic spectacle that its Democrats get union support but won't even utter the word union in public.
If union members don't seize control of their own unions, and if Americans don't learn their history, America is well on its way to becoming the next Greece. The story there wasn't about economics -- European Union leaders and European bankers know the Neoliberal reforms being forced on Greece won't help -- they have admitted that Neoliberalism doesn't work. Neoliberalism is about disciplining the working class. It's a political, not an economic project. Elections are coming up in several EU countries where the working class has been getting restless, and Greece was made an example of what happens when the working class gets too uppity.
A treaty even more onerous than the TPP, between the US and the EU, is now being negotiated. The US government has worked nonstop to subvert governments in its hemisphere that don't adopt US Capital domination and now Neoliberal orthodoxy. The list is long, the timetable goes back more than a century. Whether Walker is the next president or Hillary Clinton won't matter. Both are cut of the same Capitalist cloth. Americans' future is in their own hands, and they will continue to sit on them, ignorant of history and amused by the fall TV schedule.