The ruling class around the world is in full offensive and has been since the crisis of 2008. Jobs have been cut, benefits slashed, wages reduced and government austerity has become the norm. Even in the places where there has seemed to be some growth in jobs, they are largely part time, low paid jobs. Argentina is one of the few places where the working class has really strongly and successfully pushed back. The working class here has teeth. Strikes and protests here are more than symbolic. They are disruptive, organized and they are repeated until they are defeated or their demands are met. This militancy has allowed Argentine workers to achieve significant victories in spite of a difficult economy.
The goals of this blog therefore are twofold. The first is to show the goings on in Argentina from a Marxist perspective. Information is the first step towards solidarity. In the days of the Internationales Marxists would report back to each other on how the working class cause was evolving in their country. This allowed them to work in concert and act in solidarity with each other. In an age when companies are multinational and information is more available then ever, such information and solidarity would seem more important than ever, and yet it noticeably absent from most struggles.
The second focus of this blog is to learn from the experiences of the Argentine working class. There have been some significant movements in the United States, Occupy Wall Street and the Fight for 15 to name a few. They have shown that there is significant dissatisfaction with austerity and low wages alongside high profits and obscene CEO bonuses. But victories have been rare and sustained struggle even rarer. What can the left in the United States, and around the world, learn from events in Argentina? What can Marxists learn from groups like the PTS (Partido de los Trabajadores Socialistas or Socialist Workers Party) which have been at the center of these struggles?
This promises to be an eventful year.
Brief note about the author:
I am a student of Political Economy and Marxist Economics taking a gap year between undergrad and graduate school. I consider theory and practice to be complementary, though I must confess to a preference for the former. I was very active in a socialist student group while in college and I plan to continue being active in socialist groups wherever I go. I grew up in various countries abroad but this is my first time in Latin America so I am hoping to be able to travel around a little, money permitting.