The American Bear

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"Among the slogans resonating around the May Day calls is the pithy reminder that ‘strike is a verb, not a noun.’ The call to general strike, then, is best understood at this point as a brash and ambitious call to action. Writing in the early 20th century, French theorist Georges Sorel argued that a real general strike could only function as a myth and that the myth was all important – the idea of something unattainable, mysterious and indescribable that can drive and inspire revolution. By Sorel’s lights, there can be no successful general strike on May 1, there has never been a successful general strike and never could be one – and that is why it’s all important to call for general strike to invigorate action."

(via Can Occupy pull off a general strike? | Natasha Lennard)

"Among the slogans resonating around the May Day calls is the pithy reminder that ‘strike is a verb, not a noun.’ The call to general strike, then, is best understood at this point as a brash and ambitious call to action. Writing in the early 20th century, French theorist Georges Sorel argued that a real general strike could only function as a myth and that the myth was all important – the idea of something unattainable, mysterious and indescribable that can drive and inspire revolution. By Sorel’s lights, there can be no successful general strike on May 1, there has never been a successful general strike and never could be one – and that is why it’s all important to call for general strike to invigorate action."

(via Can Occupy pull off a general strike? | Natasha Lennard)