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New Left Review I/55, May-June 1969

Robert Avakian

The People v.Standard Oil

A strike, when it is not a token tactical ploy in ‘labour-management relations’, is in many ways like a miniature revolution. Struggle, instead of collaboration, is the order of the day. The old individualistic ways of solving, blunting, or avoiding contradictions and confrontations give way to collective ways of facing them and fighting. Private property—at least that of the company and its scabs—ceases to be sacred. ‘Law and order’ is understood to mean maintaining—by brutal force if necessary—the very status quo that you yourself are now opposing.

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