Jerry Harris and Garret Virchick
Short of the emergence of a progressive people’s movement in Ukraine, there may be little that can be done to stabilize the country and prevent bloodshed. What is needed is a strategy the Bolsheviks called “revolutionary defeatism.”
What makes this noteworthy is that it comes from an economist who gained his reputation as a researcher with vaguely left-of-center sensibilities but was far from a radical. The times are such that even honest moderates are driven to radical remedies
Rather than materially address the underlying issues of the nursing shortage crisis, health care providers are exploiting it in order to further consolidate power at the top of industry hierarchies — and break the power of organized labor below.
Unlike most of the other struggles of this era, this strike rested on the firm backbone of the women of the mining families and communities who continued the fight when the men were beaten and jailed and the strike near defeat.
This logistical model is the engine of breakneck capitalism. But its fragility is now being exposed. Decades of deregulation, privatisation and market worship have left society vulnerable to the unbidden force of “just-in-time” supply chains.