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(en) Ireland, Workers Solidarity #82 - Midwest USA: An anarchist view

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Tue, 28 Sep 2004 07:48:15 +0200 (CEST)


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It was my first time in the USA. I came with all the baggage. I had
lived near a tourist town and had experienced thousands of grey
haired, green clad, overweight, camera wielding yanks. The Mid
West was an eye-opener.
The visual stuff was off putting: "Support our Armed Forces" signs in
many lawns, lots and lots of big cars and endless roads, strip malls - I
fucking hate them, they make all towns look the same. But the people
who I met, overwhelmingly working class, were friendly and open.
Americans are by and large direct so they tell you what they think.

I found people pretty class-conscious in terms of knowing they were
workers and that the rich ripped them off. They were distrustful of the
government and suspicious of the police. The USA is divided lots of
ways: rich and poor, black and white, conservative and liberal, pro
and anti-Bush, pro and anti-war. There's anger and there's apathy.
Unions are powerful in many industries but are very instutionalised,
very much part of the system.

I have to say that in the US I saw the future of Ireland under
capitalism. Consumer culture is very strong, the vast comsumption of
resources by the US is very visible as is the wanton waste. But when I
got home I saw a Humvee in my own patch and was gobsmacked by
an awful feeling that the society I had just visited is the vision that our
ruling class share.

If there is hope in America it is in the palpable anger there at their
latest ruler and the decency and solidarity of working class people.
When you ask, people have little nuggets of info about a glorious
history of struggle by workers, women, blacks and gays. Have a read
of A Peoples' History of the USA

It takes a huge repressive machine to keep things in check in
America; corporate Media, corrupt aloof politicians, copious amounts
of drugs and plenty of gun-toting trigger-happy cops. Everyone who
stands up in America I salute you.

By James
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