A Collision of Movements?
I’m quite a fan of the idea of a Movement of Movements, hence my dissertation is basically all about it. The idea being that most progressive/leftist movements eventually tie together as one big movement for a better world. As an old Seattle protest slogan “Teamsters and Turtles Unite” reminds me, these days totally different causes can often trace connections between themselves.
But today, I’m finding myself tugged between the teamsters on one hand and the ‘turtles’ on the other, because Airbus are about to cut 10,000 jobs. This is terrible news for manufacturing and engineering, except that the job cuts an aspect of otherwise good news: plane orders are down. Why is this good? Because the less planes there are, the less people can fly. Environment 1 – Workers 0: Unity between diverse movements – forget it.
I guess you could say that this is tough luck for the workers, who are victims to capitalism, or that we should be finding them new jobs (this I agree with), but it still creates a situation where I naturally want to support workers despite the immense damage their jobs will cause to the environment. How can ‘we’ win when such collisions of interests arise?