RL: Along with that, Reagan deliberately allowed mass importation of illegals from Mexico. The purpose of this was to destroy the part of the middle class that was working class based, because by this time, many working class White had worked their way to the middle class with union jobs.
At the same time, the all-out ideological war on unions was ramped up. You will not find one single major newspaper, news magazine, radio channel or TV station that supports the organizations of the working class – unions. All of the US media is dead-set against unions.”
Bhabi: This is strange. Americans pride themselves on having a very large middle class. “Middle class values” are seen as the bedrock of the civilization, and yet the very mechanism which created this large middle class and its values, unions, is demonized.
Any explanation for that?
You say that even working class people now hate unions. Why? Are the unions not working in their best interests? What about the fact that the Left, or at least a very vocal portion of it is pro illegal immigration and Mexicans taking the jobs of America’s laborers, like construction workers?
Any explanation for the demonization of unions? I think Bhabi should go and read some Karl Marx.
Under capitalism, the ideology of the state and society is generally the ideology of the ruling class. Since 1980, the ruling class and bourgeois class (the capitalists) have been ascendant in the form of the Republican Party. The Republican Party doesn’t give two flying fucks about the middle class, but one thing they all agree on is that they hate unions. 100% of Republicans hate unions.
Why? For class reasons. Most all capitalists hate unions. Many wealthy people also hate unions because they are the class war organs of the working class, who wage class war against the ruling class, who then wage class war back at working class. So the ruling and working classes are engaged in class war, with the capitalists allying themselves with the 1% just like they always do everywhere.
The Right doesn’t care that unions created the middle class. They would just blow off the argument and say it’s not true. Or worse, they would agree that it did and then say, “Fuck the middle classes.” You see, under capitalism, the middle classes and upper classes are also at war, even though few recognize this. The upper classes wage constant war on the middle classes to take more and more of their wealth and income away, and the middle classes are too stupid to see this.
The Right convinced most Americans that unions are the enemy.
US White collar workers typically hate unions for class reasons in that they see themselves as higher class than dirty blue collar workers who work with their hands and get oil all over their uniforms. This is simply cultural snobbism.
There is also a group of medium wage clerks and manager types such as bank workers (president or vice president of your local bank) who see themselves as oppressed by both blue collar union workers (overpaid beer bellied lunch box slobs) and the rich. This strata is the part of the base of rightwing populism in the US and forms a large element of the Tea Parties and the Ron Paul crowd. Historically and cross culturally, this group has fascist tendencies, as do the middle classes in general.
In addition, white collar workers do not see themselves as workers at all nor do they see themselves as working class. If you don’t get paid by the hour and punch a time clock, you are not working class. Instead they are some sort of “professional or managerial class” which means they get to avoid calling themselves workers because they get a salary and work at a desk in a suit and tie.
Nowadays, the vast majority of workers are not in unions, so it’s just sour grapes. Non-union workers resent union workers for making more money than the non-unionists do. Crabs in a barrel scenario.
Further, the US is very curious in that many working class folks simply drank the Koolaid. Anti-union propaganda has been relentless for decades now. 100% of the US media is ferociously anti-union. There is no pro-union media in the US.
For decades now, both parties are down with neoliberalism that is extremely hostile to labor. I have known many, many workers who were openly hostile to unions. They repeatedly told me, “Unions are bad for workers!” That’s an insane comment, but that’s what a worker’s brain on anti-union propaganda looks like, egg on a skillet.
I knew other idiot workers who constantly bitched about their union dues. When I told these fucktards that the only reason they had such a great blue collar job was because of the union, they looked at me like I was from Mars. They thought that was a lie.