Darryl Mitchell on Technological and Social Revolution
Darryl Mitchell, one of the founding members of Detroit’s League of Revolutionary Black Workers, talks about changing times brought about by revolutionary technology.
What Wikipedia has to say about the League: The League of Revolutionary Black Workers (LRBW) formed in 1969 in Detroit, Michigan. The League united a number of different Revolutionary Union Movements (RUMs) that were growing rapidly across the auto industry and other industrial sectors—industries in which Black workers were concentrated in Detroit in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The formation of the League was an attempt to form a more cohesive political organ guided by the principles of Black liberation and Marxism-Leninism in order to gain political power and articulate the specific concerns of Black workers through political action. While the League was only active for a short period of time, it was a significant development in a time of increasing militancy and political action by Black workers and in the context of both the Black liberation and Marxist-Leninist movements in the United States.
Why this is important: We are seeing workers rights around the world being diminished and eliminated as they are outsourced and made redundant through technological inovation. Their ability to leverage bargaining power is at an all time low… perhaps this partially explains the Occupy movement spreading like wildfire across the world.