New Jacobin Magazine Out Now… Winter 2012Posted: January 6, 2012
New Jacobin Magazine out… jacobinmag.com. I really like this magazine… its an outlet with a perspective that I agree with… I’ve excerpted a few key points below.
I like this sentence in regards to this past year’s protests:
The growth of precarious labor, the structuring of youth as a vehicle of debt, and massive proletarianization have pushed the imaginary onto the level of reality.
The Need for New Language:
But real debates, the clash of ideas, beyond just rosy, impressionistic reports from the front, are required now more than ever. Jacobin has managed to find writers outside the Washington Post’s op-ed circuit. And here’s the result, an outstanding issue – largely the product of precariously employed twentysomethings. Most of whom have never even seen a print copy of the New York Review of Books. The scene a few blocks away from that esteemed office offers inspiration enough — students and workers actively engaged in class struggle. Well, the majority of the protesters wouldn’t immediately embrace a term like “class struggle.” It strikes an arcane note, at which those weary of the radical left’s sectarianism and general insanity instinctively recoil. Yet this is language that needs to be reclaimed and confidently articulated. It’s political language that might have seemed out of place during decades of dormancy, but that will be increasingly relevant in the period to come.
At the center of Burns’ story is what he calls “the traditional strike,” which was the heart of trade union activity from the beginnings of labor history until its virtual disappearance after the 1970s. The crucial characteristic of the traditional strike — its sole reason for being — is that it forces capital to stop production. Although this fact may seem slightly obvious, its significance for both workers and radicals has been largely forgotten.