commented on In Defense of Africatown
@3, @6: Where do you live, Central Area or "Capital" Hill (sic)? Can't be both.
Are you vetting all the speakers at Town Hall? What about all the breaks the city and business community of Seattle are giving Mark Driscoll? Where's your outcry for the way he's feted by Seattle as compared to one sad sack who spoke at AIC once?
commented on Slate's Matthew Yglesias Congratulates Himself for Not Being as Socialist as Kshama Sawant
There's so many pundits these days who assume that we owe them deference that I'd forgotten why I specifically hated Yglesias. Thanks for reminding me, Goldy.
Workers can establish relationships with other workers. They can collectively determine what to make and what not to make. They're not too stupid to realize when people don't want what they're producing. People, when left to their own devices, actually tend to figure out things for themselves. The managers and the executives and the elite thinkers would like to pretend differently, because otherwise, what use is an Yglesias? (Or, perhaps, a Sawant?)
commented on Sawant Just Says It: Boeing Workers Should Take Over the Factories
Worker takeover of factories has happened before, are happening now, and will happen again. So much for the "impracticality" canard.
Of course, the question is how to maintain it. Such takeovers have usually either been crushed by the state or recuperated by politicians who bear a very strong similarity to Sawant. When Sawant talks about public democratic ownership, that tells me that she's only interested in the workers controlling their workplace in so far as she can control the workers.