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5.0 out of 5 stars but an apparent unwillingness to distinguish between the position of people's lives in different states sometimes grates as all, 4 Oct. 2014
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This is a collection of essays, talks, etc. spanning decades in the trade union/labour movement career of the author. Because he writes so well, his observations, analyses and calls for action are delivered clearly and with passion. Comparing issues and problems over the years is instructive because it shows how desperate the global political-economic crisis has become but it also provides some hope that the future can be different if a consciousness of our common position as workers across the world can be built and then translated into action. Despite the impression that might sometimes be given in the book, I think this must go further than the development of a 'trade union consciousness' although this is crucial to it. I understand that Dan Gallin's overall political position leads him in certain directions, but an apparent unwillingness to distinguish between the position of people's lives in different states sometimes grates as all are judged as bad as each other. But I, for one, would sooner live in Cuba with its superior health and education systems than in an avowedly free-market capitalist country like the United States, for example. I would urge all socialists to read this book, however - there is a wealth of ideas and experience in it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best ways to look into the history of internationalist trade ..., 25 July 2014
This is one of the best ways to look into the history of internationalist trade unionism I can imagine - apart from talking personally to witnesses, obviously. The essays in Dan Gallins book have been written over the course of many decades and reflect many debates in the 1950s and 1960s as well as in the 1990s and 2000s. Gallin sheds light on issues such as the "Third Camp socialism", making his position against capitalism and soviet stalinism very clear. His reviews of books, even if these are now 50 and more years old, still encite the hunger to read these, and include important political insights of those times. In the 1990s, he's energetically calling for a renewal of the international trade union movement. Topics like Organising, Andy Sterns SEIU, International Framework Agreements, the labour movements' policies on China are controversial - and Gallin takes very clear positions. always based on his strong priniciples and the conviction, that only solidarity and democracy can provide a way forward in the struggle for justice and equality.
It's refreshing and encouraging reading, recommended for anyone interested in the international labour movement and its strategies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The World From a Different and Radical Perspective, 17 Dec. 2014
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A very different perspective on the world. For many this could be life changing, giving a totally different view of the world from a Trade Union viewpoint rather than a multi-national Capitalist one. Read it - it may change you more than you think............ The critique of globalisation is truly amazing.
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