Sacked Workers Take a Hostage at Sony

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Sacked Workers Take a Hostage at Sony

The global depression that lawmakers in D.C. kept denying for so long has already escalated to Marxian (as an actual Marx not random derivatives) levels around the world. In Argentina, the self-proclaimed “face of globalization,” factory take backs are a regularized part of recouping from global neo-liberalism and the mass exit of capital as the banks sold out the people. In Brazil both land and factory take backs are becoming a model for the LACS region. Meanwhile in the Caribbean, truck drivers continue to blockade highways in protest of the high cost of both food and gas. Farmers in India set themselves on fire and massive government protests continue to rock parts of Asia.

These stories seldom phase N. American viewers b/c they fit within a pre-established definition of instability in the so-called third world that Americans still believe will be solved by global capitalism, not caused by it. No one believed the nightmare of Argentina would ever be visited on U.S. soil, with banks simply driving and then jetting out of town with all of the people’s money while factories closed, companies disappeared, and the people were left to fend for themselves. While there were no armored cars to the airports in the dark of night, I think we all agree the nightmare has come to town.

Now there is a new face of globalization that does not reinforce the erroneous assumption that laissez faire will save us all. Riots in Italy, Spain, and England have largely staid of the U.S. television as have those in Seattle, or the blockades by truckers in parts of Canada. But as these acts grow bolder and more and more people are attuned to the economic disaster we face, these stories are no longer able to buried.

Workers at Sony let the hostage go when he promised to continue talks to save their jobs and to “treat them with dignity.”

The same message went viral this week when Daily Show’s Jon Stewart called out CNBC for failing to treat the plight of the N. American everyperson with dignity while applauding, encouraging, or covering uop the cavalier callousness of the financial district that was playing fast and loose with our retirements and our futures. While not nearly as dramatic, nor potentially dangerous for all sides, the presence of well-thought out criticism of global capitalism in the entertainment sector proves the message to treat workers with dignity and stop handing a free pass to the elite is spreading.

(I’m glad they let the Sony exec go w/out incident or injury, for everyone’s sake.)


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