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Joe Szilagyi 1
What year did the government make calling for/running a general strike illegal?
Posted by Joe Szilagyi on December 11, 2012 at 9:24 AM · Report this
A general strike would have to be longer than a day to have any impact. These days, politicians and big business can easily deal with one day of mass protest (take for example, the big one-day protests leading to the Iraq War). But if it was sustained, the way such things sometimes are in Europe and other places in the world, it might actually have an impact.
Posted by bookworm on December 11, 2012 at 9:35 AM · Report this
Add to that the challenges in reaching some sort of consensus around goals of such an action, what accomplishing those goals might look like and how to keep folks unified behind those goals, and you've got a whole other level of potential clusterfuckery.

But if folks were willing to take on such challenges, I think an action like this could be something.
Posted by bookworm on December 11, 2012 at 9:39 AM · Report this
It was on May 1, and your newspaper covered it extensively, Dan.
Posted by robotslave on December 11, 2012 at 9:42 AM · Report this
Original Andrew 6
Unfortunately, things are gonna get much worse before most Americans would even consider disobeying their wage-slave masters.
Posted by Original Andrew on December 11, 2012 at 9:43 AM · Report this
A lot of working class whites would dismiss a general strike as a Kenyan socialist plot to take away their guns.
Posted by Ken Mehlman on December 11, 2012 at 9:49 AM · Report this
TheMisanthrope 8
Is the graph mislabeled? Are both red and blue Corporate Profits vs GDP?
Posted by TheMisanthrope on December 11, 2012 at 9:54 AM · Report this
Yeah, the red and blue are both labeled as CP/GDP, making this graph hard to read.
Posted by heatherly on December 11, 2012 at 10:04 AM · Report this
Simone 11
I didn't know we had TWO 1940s. See graph for details.
Posted by Simone on December 11, 2012 at 10:04 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 12
The 1940's were so great we had to do them twice.

It's the Ed Show of my least favorite liberal talkers. Almost as bad ad Bill Press..almost
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on December 11, 2012 at 10:06 AM · Report this
care bear 13
What a horrible graph.
Posted by care bear on December 11, 2012 at 10:07 AM · Report this
ScienceNerd 14
Both axes are labeled the same, yet the values are different. Also, both red and blue are CP/GDP. I give them a 2.5 on this graph.
Posted by ScienceNerd on December 11, 2012 at 10:11 AM · Report this
What I love about this chart is even when corporate profits bottomed out, they were still higher than aggregate wages.
Posted by unpaid reader on December 11, 2012 at 10:11 AM · Report this
TheMisanthrope 16
It really is terrible. There's good information to be gleaned from it with a little more work.

The Ed Show, you suck. You probably overwork your graphics department demanding graphs for a story 15 minutes before you go to air.
Posted by TheMisanthrope on December 11, 2012 at 10:12 AM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 17
Wages must be the blue line and profits the red.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on December 11, 2012 at 10:14 AM · Report this
Centennial of the Seattle general strike of 1919?
Posted by david on December 11, 2012 at 10:25 AM · Report this
GhostDog 19
Ok, how about this.

This is the chart from the St Louis Fed for just corporate profits.…

When I find the wage data I'll post it up.
Posted by GhostDog on December 11, 2012 at 10:29 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 20
I'll get the pitchforks, torches, and guillotines set up.
Posted by Will in Seattle on December 11, 2012 at 11:03 AM · Report this
Simone 21
World War 2 was so great we won it TWICE.
Posted by Simone on December 11, 2012 at 11:20 AM · Report this

Here's what I don't understand about Seattle Communards.

They both anguish over people not getting enough money, and at the same time condemn almost anything that can be bought with it.

So, the only thing an SC would spend money on is a 200 sq. ft. apodment, bus fare, and pizza made with ancient grains.

The actual spending needed to support such a person who eschews almost all parts of the modern world like a car, sprawl, electronic entertainment which includes fast food being served, team sporting events and so on, would be why all the grousing about "low wages"?
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on December 11, 2012 at 11:24 AM · Report this
Meh. If you try to strike in earnest, they'll just call in the national guard.

Not that they'd need to, since there'll be no lack of scabs willing to cross the line.

Congratulations! You've become the Capitalist utopian dream.

Now, if only we could stop you from contaminating the civilised world.
Posted by Sili on December 11, 2012 at 11:25 AM · Report this
TheMisanthrope 24
@22 5/10 Honest but absurd. You've trolled better.
Posted by TheMisanthrope on December 11, 2012 at 12:19 PM · Report this
LaSargenta 25
Baaaaaad graph. Dan, you need access to a better statistician.
Posted by LaSargenta on December 11, 2012 at 3:07 PM · Report this
@Supreme Ruler of the Universe:

That would be a good point if it wasn't retarded.
Posted by James Hutchings on December 11, 2012 at 11:03 PM · Report this

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