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The labor tide is rising: New union militancy bypasses parlor politics in favor of direct action

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Leading up to former Vice President Joe Biden getting into the 2020 race the corporate news logic was that it was only an old reliable hand like his that could save the Democrats from what would be a "self-destructive' radical leftward lurch.

For the last few years, the corporate news media’s universe has been framed as a closed planetary system that has its nemesis Donald Trump as the solar center of all creation.

In this Great White Man cosmology, like the free-floating head of Oz, every other being is defined by their alignment with him. Polls are anchored in only the terrain of his gaze as the pundits make their narrative all about Donald Trump. And now with the inflation of their Biden balloon, they have the race they want and it’s the race they need to keep the status quo, two white guys in their 70s arguing over Charlottesville in the rearview mirror.

This reduces the American people to passive voyeurs of their own history. It ignores that they themselves are already out making history in the form of rising multiracial labor militancy that’s delivering change people can take to the bank. These stories about workers organizing and winning are told, if they are told at all, in isolation because the one thing the corporate news media that serves Wall Street does want is for this to catch on.

Better to have you in a focus group than focused.

on taking charge of your own destiny by striking for better wages like the........

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