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Friday, January 18, 2008
Villagers in the Union Movement
Edwards ferociously supports Unions but they haven't supported him back in equal measure, opting by and large instead to support candidates who are fair to ambivalent on Union issues. Union support and the organizational resources it brings with it could easily have changed the story of this primary season so far, as Ian Welsh explains today over at The Agonist. Their support has been driven instead by what appear to be vacuous calculations about "electability" and cynical (and, if history is any judge, doomed) efforts to jockey for position within a more corporate-friendly Democratic Administration to come. Unions have been fighting a long slow bloody defeat against America's Economic Royalists since the death of FDR, but one should not forget to apportion some blame for these endlessly repeated losses to the Villagers within the Union leadership themselves.