World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 31 Mar, 2021 23:15 am

What is behind the media blackout of the Columbia graduate workers strike?

What is behind the media blackout of the Columbia graduate workers strike?
There are fundamental political considerations behind the media blackout of the strike, in addition to Columbia University’s financial and public relations interests.

The Democratic and Republican parties are determined to smother any opposition that emerges in the working class in order to preserve their wealth and the capitalist system that extracts this wealth through the exploitation of the working class.The Democratic Party is one of the oldest capitalist political parties in the world, and the unions long ago ceased to be working class organizations.The DSA and other pseudo-left groups insist on the hegemony of the unions precisely because they oppose the emergence of a genuinely independent movement of the working class and because they themselves aspire to occupy lucrative positions in the union apparatus.This committee must actively turn out to the broader working class and fight to expand their struggle as widely as possible.

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) urges Columbia graduate students to fight for the expansion of their strike into the working class.” Despite the enormous significance of the strike, it has received almost a total media blackout.

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