Friday, November 18, 2011

When success becomes excess (The Australian, November)



The activist filmmaker Michael Moore grew up in a suburb of Flint, Michigan, a city synonymous with working-class struggle. The site of one of the most notable events in US labour history – the 1937 strike, in which the fledgling United Automobile Workers took on, and triumphed over, General Motors – Flint was also one of the first casualties of the neoliberal economic policies introduced by President Ronald Reagan. In the 1980s, General Motors, till then the city’s biggest employer, moved many of its operations abroad and laid off the majority of its Flint-based workers. The city never recovered from this trauma and is now one of the most economically depressed areas in the US. [More here.]

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