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Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Your book “Savage State: Welfare Capitalism & Inequality” is an original vision of the impact of the welfare state in contemporary capitalist society. In your opinion, can the structural crisis of the capitalist system be overcome?
Dr. Edward Martin: The structural crisis of capitalism will never be overcome precisely because capitalism is built upon the absurd promise of satisfying unlimited amidst scarcity and the maximization of profits at the expense of labor. This begs the question: who then will buy capitalist products if there is little or no purchasing power? This is what Marx meant when he argued that capitalists “become their own grave diggers.” The system implodes on itself if consumers don’t spend all of which presupposes living wage jobs. The tragedy of this system is the perpetual class struggle. The good news, on the other hand, is that public policies prioritizing justice and human rights can avoid class struggle and “inevitable revolutions.” Lire la suite »
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Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Your book Building Global Labor Solidarity in a Time of Accelerating Globalization is a manifesto for the unification of the labor union movement around the world. In your opinion, is this idea a requirement in the resistance to the ultra liberal offensive? Is the idea of a global labor union front feasible?
Dr. Kim Scipes: I think we have to be careful about the idea of a global labor organization. I certainly think that labor should be talking to each other, respectfully, and perhaps more importantly, listening to each other. I think a global union front—down the road—might be a good thing, but it would have to be constructed, not just asserted on the existence of unions today. If we say a global labor front is a desirable goal down the road, what are the values on which it is built? Certainly, non-oppression of other labor movements is a necessity. But there’s also got to be a sharing of resources, as well—especially between the larger unions (mainly in the Global North) with those in the Global South. Lire la suite »