Union Leaders and the Left (RE: Laying Bets: W Will Win

Dennis Breslin dbreslin at ctol.net
Wed Aug 16 15:15:15 PDT 2000

Nathan Newman wrote:
> Hoffa is a working class leader just as...

Nathan, your argument boils down to: Hoffa got elected, he's here, deal with it. No, wait, thats what it should be. Instead, you've inserted Hoffa into a storyline (the word narrative sounds so...literary theory dressed-up as social science) that makes him a working class leader, if not hero, and we should honor the role he plays, if not the man. And the good fight is in nudging conservative and cautious union folk into fighting, well, the good fight. I respect the latter but the former reads too much like window dressing. Class and politics have a way of defiling the ornamentation, tho god knows Theory can fix repair anything.

I tried wishing Hoffa away when he was poised to take over the Teamsters. You've theorized him away. Neither my wishing nor your theory have had much affect. He's still an ogor. Oligarchs are like that. Indeed, Hoffa and his supporters are scary buggers.

You darn well know whats behind the curtain. Remember, an apologist always follows the Stillsian ethic: if you can't be with the one you support, support the one you're with.

Dennis Breslin

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