Unions and police are two arms of the same state

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Unions and police are two arms of the same state
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Totally agree with what this

Totally agree with what this article says. Especially it's conclusion..."if you start acting unofficially, if you question the trade unions’ History-given right to lead, you will face the full force of the Law." The key word here is "unofficially". Bourgeois legality requires everything to be official, to give advance notice of it's intentions and be tied up in red tape. For disgruntled workers, we are required officially to ballot for permission to strike, to give everyone advance warning of when the strike will take place ( thus enabling the unions to make sure it will be as ineffective as possible, and will contain no danger of spreading to other workers) and to ensure that whatever happens will happen in a completely deadly, passive manner: in short it'll all be official. Officially pointless you might say. For when did the working class ever achieve anything meaningful by acting "officially"? What we the working class want is always outside of and beyond what we can "officially" and "legally" be allowed. This applies to wages - in a time of official austerity (when capitalism is officially on it's last legs) - we can't have any more wages: and it applies to the whole decaying capitalist system. This we need to abolish and replace with our own better arrangments. But we can never do this officially and when we start doing anything that threatens it we face the full weight of the law ie the police.

But life for the international working class is a disaster now and getting worse by the day. We are reaching a tipping point after which we really will have nothing left to lose. Some of us are there already. The way forward is for us to think and organize for ourselves unofficially, outside union control, and in such numbers and such weight of solidarity that even the police will be given food for thought, and tactics such as kettling and socking will fail.

You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. Fred