[OPE-L:2453] Re: Re: The transnational working class?

From: clyder (wpc@dcs.gla.ac.uk)
Date: Wed Mar 01 2000 - 06:31:59 EST

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> Seeing an international problem as a local problem is not necessarily
> 'restricted vision' on the part of workers; I see it as a rational
> to a real problem. The paradox is this: capital is mobile across borders,
> but labour is not. Indeed, workers will never be able to cross borders
> with the same ease as capital (in the e-commerce world this disparity is
> more pronounced, not less). Given that labour is not mobile across
> a focus on 'national interests' will always capture workers when the going
> gets tough (and swings to the 'nationalist' right should not be any
> surprise in an era of increasingly globalised industries).
I would have thought that the political response of the left should
be to argue against capital mobility and for exchange controls
on the movement of capital.

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