“You Don’t Get This Perfect Storm of Class Struggle Very Often”
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Eric Blanc has covered the teachers strike wave closer than any other writer in America. He has been on the ground for most of those strikes, from West Virginia and Arizona to Oakland and Denver, interviewing teachers and reporting on what he’s seen. And he’s turned that reporting into a new book, Red State Revolt: The Teachers Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics, part of the Jacobin Seriespublished by Verso.
Blanc’s book is critical reading for anyone who wants to understand why teachers have been willing to take such drastic action throughout the country — and any socialist, working-class activist who wants to support and expand such actions in their own workplace.
He spoke with Jacobin managing editor Micah Uetricht about Red State Revolt for our podcast The Vast Majority. You can subscribe to The Vast Majority and all the Jacobin podcasts at Jacobin Radio. This is a transcript of part one of that conversation; you can listen to the first part here, and the second part here. The conversation has been edited for length and clarity
Your book covers the “red state” teachers strike wave. You were on the ground in West Virginia, Arizona, and Oklahoma, and you’ve been on the ground in other teacher strikes since then. Why do these strikes matter?EB:
The big story is that our side, the working class, has been getting decimated in a one-sided class war for half a century, and one of the causes of that weakness is our labor movement orienting itself toward simply lobbying the Democrats instead of building power by striking.
July 5, 2019 at 6:11 PM #84203ThouArtThatParticipant
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Yes, it is axiomatic that the 1% left to their own greed and power will take everything for themselves. The true tragedy is that it takes astronomic wealth inequality to wake the masses. With continuous brainwashing leading many to believe they are consumers not citizens, the 1% has now trained generations to support their own demise. One can hope more are starting to connect the dots and awaken from their slumber.
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