Theses toward the development of left labor strategy

I am very interested to see where discussion about these theses heads? It is very much about the situation in the USA, but I know that several concepts that are addressed are directly or indirectly relevant here in Australia.
The first thesis about “Worldview” is a critical and challenging one, and much neglected in recent decades. What are the ingredients of a critical world view that helps to understand and act in all spheres if life to defeat exploitation of both humans and nature. How important is a 21st century understanding of exploitation inside this world view? Very important in my view, but nowadays very badly comprehended across the Australian left.
The most serious problem with the theses as they currently stand is the weak attention to strategy, its dynamic interplay with “world view” and actually existing struggles against 21st century capitalism, and the collective effort to envision a real and fundamental alternative to where we are being carried by 21 st century capitalism. But more of that in a separate article to come. But, for now: a close study of the processes and content of the ANCs Freedom Charter all those years ago is very worthwhile.

Talking Union

by  Bill Fletcher

Concept paper:  Theses toward the development of left labor strategyPreface: The following is what used to be termed a “struggle paper,” i.e., a paper presented as an argument for a position. It is not presented as a final position, however. It is, instead, inspired by the content of the February Left Strategies web discussion on the labor movement. This paper does not try to present the ideal tactics or all elements of strategy. It does, however, attempt to identify–for purposes of discussion–issues and concepts for consideration in the development of a full-blown left labor strategy. Feedback is welcomed.

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I am a retired left wing and labour movement activist. Before that I worked for a long time in the Australian union movement in union education, Australian and international solidarity and organising. I am also active in Cuban solidarity, the SEARCH FOUNDATION, and promoting discussion, debate and action about green socialism based on workers control and social ownership.

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