Relating to the Labour Movement

Advocates of a Resource Based Economy agree that access abundance mitigates social conflict at its root, that this is potential only through technologically-advanced industry, and that the attainment of such an industrial complex requires multidisciplinary teams working for this purpose. Employees have created every commodity you own today, could they create the apparatus for global abundance? Technically, no one else can.

This is why we must relate to workers, who alone can make transition a reality, especially relations through the labour movement. The labour movement is the united action of workers from a multitude of disciplines and industries, often most active in times of economic crisis. Their campaigns typically focus on various immediate and attainable goals that all workers can relate to, such as increased remuneration, workplace safety, job security, better staff to student/patient ratios in public institutions, or something else.

The process of winning such reforms tends to instil into its participants many social values necessary for the formation of a Resource Based Economy. For example, bigotry based on racial, gender or sexual discrimination are barriers to a cooperative society, as they are barriers to the cooperation of the labour movement. Success in both cases requires we relinquish such bigotry by necessity, as regularly occurs in an active labour movement.

Workers’ most effective actions to impose their wills against economic or political authority are strikes, mass discontinuation of work, best combined with picket lines, human barriers to business as usual. These are genuine acts of defiance against the money sequence of value and for the life sequence of value. Observe these events and you’ll notice such multidisciplinary teamwork generates a cooperative culture both within workplaces and inter-workplace, harbouring the potential emergence of the first and transitionary multidisciplinary teams.

For these reasons and more, we must lend workers our active support to ensure their successes, while fostering such rebellion within our own workplace. Our support and workers’ success will foster workers’ confidence and a belief that a cooperative society is possible, through real-life demonstration. We can also use this interaction as a platform to argue for an economy founded on large-scale economic teamwork that, as this blog argues, will make the transition to a Resource Based Economy inevitable. Thereby, a movement for simple demands and reforms becomes a movement for the transformation of society, involving those capable of transforming it.

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