New York '75 and Wisconsin '11: The Lessons of Austerity discussion

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Feb 23 2011 05:20
New York '75 and Wisconsin '11: The Lessons of Austerity discussion

This is a piece I just pulled together about the lessons workers in Wisconsin and elsewhere can take from the New York City fiscal crisis. I'm not sure if this is more appropriate for the library section or the history section, but here it is...

admin: text now in library here http://libcom.org/library/new-york-75-wisconsin-11-lessons-austerity

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Feb 23 2011 15:38

Interesting piece Max. Were you around during the 1970s NYC crisis? Active in any organizations? Familiar with the libertarian socialist publication "Against the Grain" that was issed at that time?

I was not living in the City at the time, but a few folks I was close to were active in the Workplace Organizing Committee, the original publishers of "ATG". The WOC was composed of municipal workers.

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Feb 23 2011 15:42

Interesting piece, do you fancy sticking it in the library for us? This is exactly the sort of stuff we like to host on the site..

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Feb 23 2011 16:40

That was very interesting Schwarz, I remember Petey talking about the crisis in New York, I always meant to rread a bit more about it.

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Feb 24 2011 00:12
Ed wrote:
Interesting piece, do you fancy sticking it in the library for us? This is exactly the sort of stuff we like to host on the site..

Hi Ed, I knew there was an appropriate place for it! I've put it in the library here:

http://libcom.org/library/new-york-75-wisconsin-11-lessons-austerity

syndicalist wrote:
Interesting piece Max. Were you around during the 1970s NYC crisis? Active in any organizations? Familiar with the libertarian socialist publication "Against the Grain" that was issed at that time?

I was not living in the City at the time, but a few folks I was close to were active in the Workplace Organizing Committee, the original publishers of "ATG". The WOC was composed of municipal workers.

Actually, I wasn't even born in the 70s! tongue

I would be VERY interested in talking to anybody in Against the Grain or WOC if you're still in contact with them.

This is a part of a project I've been working on for some time. In fact, I have a longer (about 25 pages) piece about the crisis that I can try to add in the future. If you're interested in taking a look in the meantime, PM me.

Tbh, this text is about the here and now, and I'd really like to be able to get this into sympathetic people's hands out in WI... but I know hardly anyone in the Midwest. If anyone has any contacts please PM me ASAP. Thanks!

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Feb 24 2011 01:48

Great piece!

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Feb 24 2011 02:40
Schwarz wrote:
I have a longer (about 25 pages) piece about the crisis that I can try to add in the future. If you're interested in taking a look in the meantime, PM me.

i'll pm you too