Archive for May, 2009

The Socialist Alternative — Comment

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

With the decline and fall of the Soviet Union in the late 20th century, the wardens of corporate power proclaimed that there was no longer any alternative to living under the dictatorship of world capitalism administered by liberal democratic states and their proxy international organizations.

Read the article.

Guest Worker Update: May 3, 2009

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

The campaign to adopt a US guest worker program that was temporarily defeated in 2007 has been relaunched.

Foundation work for the renewed campaign was started  by  former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Immigration, Refugees and Border  Security on April 30.

Greenspan reminded the committee members of the contributions that undocumented workers have historically made to the US economy and argued that reform to bring immigration laws “up to date” is urgently needed.

“Up to date”  in the present context means that the US should follow the lead of other developed counties around the world by adopting a guest worker program to legally exploit temporary labor from the poor countries in the global South.

What Greenspan is backing  is a national guest worker program to legalize and control the importation (and deportation) of workers to meet the needs of US capitalism.  He calls it a “flexible” workforce.

The  current strategy is to a refinement of what was done to offset the recession of 2001 through a de facto open border policy.

Greenspan did not mention the impact of a national pool of temporary labor on the working people of the US: that is of no consequence for him or the people for whom he speaks.

The fact that a new proposal for a guest worker program has not yet been placed on the table should fool no one–it is being prepared under the table and will appear suddenly when capital is prepared to play its hand.

History has taught us that blitz legislation is just as binding as laws produced through open negotiation.

I will post regular updates on this critical issue as the campaign develops.