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Live Working or Die Fighting: How The Working Class Went Global

Live Working or Die Fighting How The Working Class Went Global A Chinese woman pushes her way to the front of a hiring queue outside a factory in Shenzhen A Bolivian miner without light or ventilation crawls deep inside a deserted mineA group of Somali cleaners

  • Title: Live Working or Die Fighting: How The Working Class Went Global
  • Author: PaulMason
  • ISBN: 9780436206153
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Chinese woman pushes her way to the front of a hiring queue outside a factory in Shenzhen.A Bolivian miner, without light or ventilation, crawls deep inside a deserted mineA group of Somali cleaners files into an investment bank in London s Canary WharfGlobalisation has created a whole new working class and they are reliving stories that were first played outA Chinese woman pushes her way to the front of a hiring queue outside a factory in Shenzhen.A Bolivian miner, without light or ventilation, crawls deep inside a deserted mineA group of Somali cleaners files into an investment bank in London s Canary WharfGlobalisation has created a whole new working class and they are reliving stories that were first played out a century ago.In Live Working or Die Fighting, Paul Mason tells the story of this new working class alongside the epic history of the global labour movement, from its formation in the factories of the 1800s to its near destruction by fascism in the 1930s Along the way he provides a Who Do You Think You Are for the anti globalisation movement, uncovering startling parallels between the issues that confronted the original anti capitalists and those who have taken to the streets in Seattle, Genoa and beyond.Blending exhilarating historical narrative with reportage from today s front line, he links the lives of 19th century factory girls with the lives of teenagers in a giant Chinese mobile phone factory he tells the story of how mass trade unions were born in London s Docklands and how they re being reinvented by the migrant cleaners in skyscrapers that stand on the very same spot.The stories come to life through the voices of remarkable individuals child labourers in Dickensian England, visionary women on Parisian barricades, gun toting railway strikers in America s wild west, and beer swilling German metalworkers who tried to stop World War One It is a story of urban slums, self help co operatives, choirs and brass bands, free love and self education by candlelight And, as the author shows, in the developing industrial economies of the world it is still with us.Live Working or Die Fighting celebrates a common history of defiance, idealism and self sacrifice, one as alive and active today as it was two hundred years ago It is a unique and inspirational book.

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      Note Paul MasonPaul Mason is an English journalist and broadcaster He is economics editor of the BBC s Newsnight television programme and the author of several books.

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    1. i love this book. the beauty and humanity of the 'micro-story' of the history of the labor movement is brilliantly described by mason - clearly a very talented writer. if you are a student of labor history it is likely you are familiar with almost all of the macro events described but the individual actors are often glossed over in official histories; likewise the parallels with recent labor history are often not drawn. this book does a good job with both and is a must read for anyone who values [...]



    2. Paul Mason's book sets modern day stories of trade union struggles in the developing world against those of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The parallels pull the reader up short: these are the conditions of production experienced by people who make the goods we buy.Don't believe the economists. These goods aren't cheap because investment capital has sought out low wage economies to efficiently allocate resources and improve people's lives. These goods are cheap because of the vigo [...]


    3. "My idea of socialism is no state monopoly. There should be stress on the subjectivity of the human being. You need good material conditions, a high level of culture, much freedom and friendship. And it won't come today or tomorrow. It's a long and winding road." Marek Edelman, Bund activist, quoted on p.241 of this book.


    4. a great tour of how modern labour movements and their activities can be related to historical occurrences of similar responses to similar problems. gives u a real breadth of examples of ways that the multitude can confront those who attempt to control power through historical structures.


    5. Paul Mason seems to have become a conspicuous character during the years of the "Great Recession", bringing empathetic and erudite commentary on protest movements from across the globe. Given the "neutral" (aka routinely liberal) political agenda of the BBC and haughty conceit of the other presenters (i.e. Paxman, Robinson, Flanders), Mason has always appeared amiable and genuinely insightful. Hence I began reading this book in a favorable disposition to the author. Thankfully this was rewarded [...]


    6. I stopped smoking pot. As a result I started reading like a fiend. This was the first in a long line of books that got me on the road to reclaiming my mind.A great read this book details some of the more important points of labor history on Earth and connects it to current labor issues happening globally in the present day. Labor has always seemed to have an unwritten history which we all take for grated. This book got me started in my pursuit to learn more about the very important role labor ha [...]


    7. This is a marvellous book which ought to be compulsory reading, not only for those with an interest but for all who are able to read.Mason matches contemporary reportage with chronological and historical narrative. It is one of the great sadnesses of the working class movement that it's stirring internationalist stories have been diminished by an undue emphasis on systems and determinants. The impacts of this loss continue to be felt amongst both industrialised and industrialising countries.If y [...]


    8. Interesting approach to labour history, combining contemporary reportage from labour struggles around the globe with similar examples from history. Includes chapters on syndicalism, the sit-down strikes of the 1930s, the role of the labour movement in the Chinese revolution, the Jewish Bund, and contemporary takes on struggles in Nigeria, Bolivia, the new Chinese working class of the SEZs, etc. While I might disagree with some of the emphases and conclusions Mason draws (for example, the central [...]


    9. Full of excellent characters this book compares historic struggles with modern worker struggles - an finds there is a lot in common.For me there were two highlights. Firstly the discussion of how globalisation left the British working class with no sense of meaning in a country where geographically fixed production gave way to a service based economy.And secondly the insight into the US left. I wouldn't never have thought the US had such and illustrious labour movement.


    10. Citing examples from all around the world, both historical and contemporary, this text is like a rallying cry demonstrating quite convincingly that despite various modes of oppression people always find a way to join together and fight against their exploitation and for a fairer society. Mason shows that with globalization, organized working class struggle has also transcended local national boundaries.


    11. This is a great book, with detailed historical re-telling of important working class struggles from around the world and how they are relevant to struggles happening today. Should be studied in schools so people get an idea of the working classes important history.


    12. Whatever happened to the working class? Is there an alternative to a life of endless work, subservience and tedium? Read this excellent book and find out.




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