Holmfirth Dec 15, 2012 13:01:45 GMT
Post by lambethgull on Dec 15, 2012 13:01:45 GMT
Dec 15, 2012 11:59:09 GMT @wildebeeste said:Many a valid point there LG but by the same token it's all very well for people in London to expect workers in Latin America and Africa to organise themselves when the reward for doing so is as likely to be a long stretch in a prison cell or a hastily dug grave as a pay increase.
You are too cynical by far about liberals and their soya lattes. What would you have people do? There ain't going to be a popular worldwide revolution because the workers would be crushed like flies. Your views are no doubt sincerely held and are always entertaining but they are an indulgence. If you believe that the workers in the Third World need to be organised then leave Lambeth behind and take yourself off to Guatemala to take part in the struggle. Otherwise all is bullshit.
I wasn't saying that workers in those countries should organise, I was saying that workers improve their conditions when they do organise. More to the point, and as I alluded to above, places such as Latin America have a rich tradition of labour activism.
Whilst I wouldn't claim to be a martyr or a hero, I agree very much with you that actions speak louder than words. I have organised places where I've worked and taken the hits that go with that.
I just think it's very easy to be a liberal. Buy Cauldron sausages, nod at Guardian editorials and vote liberal democrat or green. There are bigger fish to fry than crusties in Totnes and Hebden Bridge though, I agree.