Teamsters, Turtles and Capital's Designs

Authors

  • William K. Tabb

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-052-03-2000-07_4

Keywords:

Imperialism, Labor

Abstract

There is no doubt that Seattle was a major up for the left. Massive and militant demonstrations stopped business as usual. Media attention was widespread and managed to convey the protesters' serious sense of purpose and their critique of capital's model of globalization. The unity demonstrated in the now-famous turtle-teamster lovefest symbolized the healing of a breach between the ecological and anti-imperialist concerns of young people and an end to the narrow business unionism and Cold-War collaboration of the Meany-Kirkland years in the labor movement. A new left is emerging on campuses and in the streets among young people and renewed trade-union militance is more visible. The outrage at the loss of democratic control to global-state economic institutions has prompted a vital and promising internationalism.

Published

2000-07-04

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Articles