Oh, it’s on! Let put the pieces together, shall we? On the labor side, the picture is quite bleak:
So, what should be done? The ILO Director-General has a few ideas:
So, one could think that unionization would be a good step in that direction. After all, it has a good track record of pushing the working class up the social ladder in Western countries. Not so fast, says the corporate class, via Lance Mannion:
Not only that but there is now a pushback from the executive class at the idea of being deprived of their obscene bonuses, via Digby:
It is unclear how hard the Obama administration is willing to fight back the class warfare (also illustrated by the fact that the appointment of the Secretary of Labor is currently stuck) in favor of the middle class and the other below on the social ladder, but in Europe, the "dangerous classes" are not taking it sitting down:
Expect strong social movements as economic conditions degrade globally. No doubt about it, the class warfare is on. Who will prevail? The Transnational capitalist and corporatist class? Who will resist them? How strongly will global labor react? Will we see global solidarity among workers? There will probably be major differences by regions. Europeans may not be shy when it comes to demonstrating but Americans only bother when there are sales at large stores and are more tolerant of social inequalities. However, will constant exposure to corporatist excesses and arrogance make a difference? How will the masses in the Global South react? Which side will governments take?
The current conditions have exposed the naked greed and sense of entitlement of the transnational capitalist class and their political allies. They are not even hiding it anymore. They just do not care about the rest of the population as long as their privileges are preserved.
So, will society (as opposed to apathetic masses) make a comeback? Contrary to what identity politicians and theorists have told us, social classes matter. So does social justice through redistribution especially when resources are scarce.