“Crunch” is a shitty thing that keeps happening. Another word for it is: “exploitation”, which we know is a systemic issue taken advantage of by capitalists and the management class. Unions mitigate exploitation for some, but aren’t a systemic solution
The formations of unions is necessary in the short term and is a generally good thing to do anyways. However, management and capitalists will find loopholes and other ways to exploit and will succeed like we see with the anime industry with depending on freelancing
Freelancers do not benefit from unions. This is a legal issue ofc, but one of those things that we can count on abuses and more exploitation to ensue. As long as we keep the system, the opportunities to exploit will always continue

Negotiating with capital will always hurt later
This is controversial within leftist circles with how to fight exploitation, but we’re in a time and context where traditional solutions aren’t sufficient in the short term (and if they are, aren’t long lasting). Late stage neoliberal capitalism is expert at destroying unions

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Half-true statement I’ve come to realize. Cultures that the powerful hold dear are incompatible with most people’s well-being

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What fascists/nationalists usually use this “multicultural is incompatible” talking point is to promote white supremacy. What’s actually true is that the cultural capital that white supremacy has in our culture is exactly the kind of culture that is at odds with everyone
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That’s where I have to pump the breaks a bit. The history of slavery in our own world is quite long, terrifying, and filled with complexity

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2 essays to read and share around when you can:

Reformism (Malatesta): theanarchistlibrary.org/library/errico…
How Nonviolence Protects the State (Gelderloos): theanarchistlibrary.org/library/peter-…
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