Author: Margit Bech Vilstrup
The Society for the History of the Labor Movement, Denmark
Today, young people are mobilizing and insisting that another world is possible. A showdown with our devastating lifestyle is urgent.
But neither an inexperienced youth nor our politicians - children of post-war economic growth and contributors to growing social inequality - immediately hold the keys to a sustainable world.
Where the progress in living standards of reconstruction followed World War II in the sixties, 81 percent of workers in the Denmark gave their vote to one of the labor parties, then the picture today is different diffused. Not only is the red color generally faded. Today, all political parties appeal to all "those who make the wheels turn".
So, where do we find the social force that can show "that another world is possible"?
A socialist alternative?
From the end of the 19th century, and most of the following, the concept of labor was defined by socialist discourse as "a class-conscious, skilled or unskilled man employed in the production profession" (from the book).
As industrialization became Paris Commune in 1871 a great inspiration for the new large group of workers who grew up. But in parallel with a socialist discourse that, as an end goal, had the classless society, developed a non-socialist discourse, which can best be termed a bourgeois discourse. In this discourse, the miserable conditions of the workers had to be remedied if revolutionary conditions were to be avoided. The goal of the bourgeois workers' discourse was to increase individual work with diligence and striving towards the social ranking.
"The disappeared is the socialist labor discourse."
The struggle against the power that underpins the greed of capitalism and threatens civilization may seem well-founded. In the Nordic labor movement, the Social Democrats were satisfied with the returns that the post-war welfare state could provide each year. In Denmark, the Social Democrats even participated in combating the influence of degenerate Soviet communism in the trade union movement - in collaboration with CIA, according to Vilstrup.
In the post-war period, the worker was included as a neutral statistical category in the link «worker, functionary and…
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