Even those percentage of women wanting to be STAY AT HOME MOMS ----have many who still want the right to work if they DECIDE TO DO SO. There is almost NO SUPPORT from right wing or left wing 99% of women for public policy deeming women stay at home. Now, those 99% of men thinking this is a win for men better think what MOVING FORWARD GOALS have regarding employment for those 99% of men----we need to protect the rights of ALL US AND IMMIGRANT CITIZENS, black, brown, and white to EQUAL PROTECTION EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND ACCESS to employment---------AN INDIVIDUAL CANNOT GET MARRIED----HAVE CHILDREN---SUPPORT A FAMILY WITHOUT ACCESS TO EMPLOYMENT and these days both wife and husband want to work.
US and global women in the US having a husband with the stance of STAY AT HOME MOM need to remember-------men in hard times often lose their connection of responsibility to wife and children---it is the mother always tied to protecting that child----and access to work and earning money MUST REMAIN A RIGHT FOR WOMEN.
Women, work and children
The return of the stay-at-home mother
After falling for years, the proportion of mums who stay at home is rising
Apr 19th 2014 | WASHINGTON, DC The Economist
EACH suburban housewife, wrote Betty Friedan in 1963, struggles with a single question as she makes the beds, shops for groceries, chauffeurs children about and lies beside her husband at night: “Is this all?” A few years after her ground-breaking book “The Feminine Mystique” was published, the Census Bureau began collecting data on the proportion of mothers who opt to stay at home. Over the subsequent decades the statistics answered Friedan’s question with a heartfelt no.
In 1967 the share of mothers who did not work outside the home stood at 49%; by the turn of the millennium it had dropped to just 23% (see chart 1). Many thought this number would continue to fall as women sought to “have it all”. Instead, the proportion of stay-at-home mothers has been rising steadily for the past 15 years, according to new data crunched by the Pew Research Centre.
WHO WERE THE BIGGEST VICTIMS OF JOB LAYOFFS AND LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYMENT DURING 1990S AND 2008 ECONOMIC CRASHES? US WOMEN.....
This partly reflects demographic change. Immigrants, a rising share of the relevant generation, are more likely to be stay-at-home mums than women born in America. There is an economic component to the change, too: at the end of the 1990s, when mothers staying at home were at their rarest, the economy was creating so many jobs that most people who wanted work could find it. Now more report that they are unable to do so, or are studying in the hope of finding work later. But there is also an element of choice: a quarter of stay-at-home mothers have college degrees.
WHO ARE BEING PUSHED INTO LOWER WAGE JOBS MORE OFTEN? WOMEN COLLEGE GRADS.
Taken as a whole, the group includes mothers at both ends of the social scale (see chart 2). Some are highly educated bankers’ wives who choose not to work because they don’t need the money and would rather spend their time hot-housing their toddlers so that they may one day get into Harvard. Others are poorer but calculate that, after paying for child care, the money they make sweeping floors or serving burgers does not justify the time away from their little ones.
The first group is fairly small. Pew estimates that there are 370,000 highly educated and affluent stay-at-home mothers (defined as married mothers with children under 18 who have at least a master’s degree and family income in excess of $75,000). That is 5% of all stay-at-home mothers with working husbands. One-third of stay-at-home mothers are single or cohabiting, and on average they are poorer than the rest.
The increase in stay-at-home mothering sits oddly with a second big trend affecting women’s lives: their relative success in the labour market. Women now hold half of the jobs in America, up from 32% in 1964. Women lost just one job during the recession for every 2.6 jobs lost by men, according to the Bureau of Labour Statistics (though men have since staged a recovery). At the highly skilled end of the jobs market, women are in a strong position: they earn 57% of all bachelor’s degrees awarded by universities. The same is true in the low-skilled bit. The industries where the government expects the most employment growth between now and 2022, such as health care and hospitality, are mostly dominated by women. Unless men become more like women, the argument goes, changes in the structure of the economy will consign many of them to futures as indolent sperm donors.
How can women be taking over the workplace while simultaneously opting out of it? The answer is that men have been quitting the labour force even faster.
MEN 'QUITTING WORKFORCE FASTER' MEANS MEN HAVE SOARING LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYMENT TOO.
Overall labour-force participation (for both sexes) has been declining since 2000, but for men it has fallen faster (from 75% to 69%) than for women (60% to 57%). In 40% of households with children a woman is now the primary breadwinner, though in most of those cases (26% of the total) that is because she is the only one.
Where women continue to lag is in their earnings relative to men. “The average full-time working woman earns just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns,” said Barack Obama on April 8th, adding: “That’s an embarrassment. It is wrong.” As he signed a pair of executive orders that would compel federal contractors to provide data on the pay and sex of their workforce, he tut-tutted: “Equal pay for equal work. It’s not that complicated.”
Actually, it is a bit more complicated than Mr Obama pretends. If employers could really get the same work done for 77 cents on the dollar by hiring women, they would do so, and their shareholders would gleefully pocket the extra profits. The 77 cents statistic, which Mr Obama cites often, compares apples with oranges.
The nonsense of “77 cents”
Men in “full-time” work do indeed make more than women, but this is partly because they work longer hours (full-time here means 35 or more hours a week). Men also cluster in some of the better-paid professions: they are 87% of engineers but only 16% of teachers. They do more dangerous jobs: 92% of work-related deaths are of men. Most important, men are far less likely than women to take hefty career breaks when children arrive. Single, childless women earn 95 cents for every dollar a single, childless man makes, which is hardly the stuff of campaign slogans.
However, as the mid-terms loom, Democrats are anxious to turn out female voters, 55% of whom voted for Mr Obama in 2012. Waxing indignant about sexism may help rally support for Democratic candidates. But will it help women struggling to juggle the demands of work and family?
Policies that make it easier for women to stay in work after having children, should they choose to do so, would probably be more constructive. America is unusual in not granting statutory paid maternity (or paternity) leave or providing much affordable child care. Both policies were recommended by a commission headed by Eleanor Roosevelt shortly before “The Feminine Mystique” was published, but have been largely ignored.
We shout over and over and will continue that MADE IN AMERICA is NOT AMERICAN----the goal of global 1% is to fill US CITIES DEEMED FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES with foreign corporations bringing global labor pool workers to work as they do overseas----we have shouted this these few decades of CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA because we KNEW the goals of MASTER PLANS created by REAGAN/CLINTON era for our US cities.
Who pushes hardest this privatization of K-12 killing our strong public freedom, liberty, and justice schools replacing them with vocational tracking K-career apprenticeship corporate schools? MEN AND INTERNATIONAL LABOR UNIONS-----those 5% FAKE LABOR leaders----those 5% black, white, and brown men and women PLAYERS.
No matter what national news or CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA or those FAKE ALT RIGHT ALT LEFT morphing into far-right global 1% LIBERTARIAN MARXISTS tell us------the goal of US FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES has never been bringing jobs back for US WE THE PEOPLE---it has never been tied to any of last centuries labor and justice US Constitutional rights -----
There will be an initial hiring of US citizens----they will be paid a decade or two US wage levels----then as we have always shouted those global corporate campuses and global factories foreign corporations tied to global corporations will morph into operating as they do overseas especially in wage, workplace, and environmental devastation.
Our US and global 99% of men thinking they will be WINNERS in MOVING FORWARD these few decades of building global corporate campuses BETTER WAKE UP =====stop living for today and think of what future you and children and grandchildren will have.
This article by global media corporation USA TODAY talks of our CHESAPEAKE BAY Virginia/Md region------we shouted Richmond would see DC/MD FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONE coming down------we need US citizens to understand the EXTENT OF SUPER-INDUSTRIALIZED ZONES----it is not our last century's industrial plants
'Prince George’s County is included in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. Due to its proximity to Washington, D.C. the county also hosts many U.S. governmental facilities, such as Joint Base Andrews, a U.S. military airbase, as well as the headquarters of the United States Census Bureau .Prince George County is in Tri-Cities area of the Greater Richmond Region. When settled during the colonial era, this area was known as Southside, believed to attract entrepreneurial men who were not from families as established as those who first settled along the James River'.
Foreign manufacturers bringing jobs to U.S.
Paul Davidson, USA TODAY Published 4:33 p.m. ET May 15, 2013 | Updated 4:40 p.m. ET May 15, 2013
The U.S. is no longer on the losing end of the offshoring trend in global manufacturing. In the past three years, dozens of foreign firms have created about 5,000 U.S. jobs in the USA.(Photo: Rols-Royce)
- Falling energy costs, productivity gains seen making U.S. more competitive
- Rolls-Royce: U.S. is 'a very good place to build stuff'
- 'Onshoring' trend could bring U.S. hundreds of thousands of jobs by 2020
PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. — For decades, U.S. manufacturers fled the country for China to drive down labor costs, then shipped products halfway around the world to sell to Americans, costing the U.S. millions of jobs.
Now, some foreign manufacturers are turning that offshoring trend on its head. In 2011, British-based Rolls-Royce began making engine parts here in Virginia and shipping them to Europe and Asia to be assembled in jet engine factories. That same year, Siemens, a German company, started making power-plant turbines in Charlotte, N.C., most of which it's shipping to Saudi Arabia and Mexico.
Remarkably, the long-jilted USA is becoming a manufacturing hotbed for dozens of foreign companies in aerospace, energy, chemicals and other industries. Many want to be closer to customers in the world's largest market. Others are taking advantage of U.S. assets that have grown more valued in the past few years, including low energy costs, a relatively healthy economy, highly productive workers and a cheap dollar.
"The global economics have shifted dramatically," says Hal Sirkin, a senior partner for Boston Consulting Group. "The wind was in our face, and now we're starting to see a tailwind."
From 2007 through 2012, foreign investment in U.S. manufacturing totaled $493 billion, vs. $270 billion the previous six years, according to the Organization for International Investment (OFII).
Foreign manufacturers aren't the only ones waking up to the benefits of making things in the U.S. Since 2010, more than 200 companies, mostly U.S.-based, have brought back production they had sent out of the country. That phenomenon, known as onshoring, has created about 50,000 new U.S. factory jobs, according to the Reshoring Initiative, an industry coalition.
By 2020, onshoring could generate a few million U.S. manufacturing jobs, including hundreds of thousands at foreign companies, Sirkin says. That could be a boon for U.S. workers. Foreign manufacturers pay U.S. employees 14% more than the industry average, OFII figures show.
OH, REALLY???? AND WHY WOULD THAT BE? WHY WOULD FOREIGN CORPORATIONS COME TO US TO PAY WORKERS MORE?
Faced with rising demand from airlines worldwide, Rolls-Royce decided to build a new factory in Virginia to make jet engine discs and ship them across the Atlantic rather than expand similar plants in the U.K. A big reason was to be closer to its customers in the Southeast. Boeing began making 787 Dreamliners in Charleston, S.C., in 2011 and Airbus is building its first U.S. assembly plant in Mobile, Ala.
CEOs of those companies "can see that you're making quality parts in super-modern facilities with the best working practices," says William Powers, chief financial officer of Rolls-Royce North America.
The company's gleaming, $170 million factory in rural Prince George employs 100 and looks nothing like the labor-intensive textile, tobacco or furniture plants that were the region's economic lifeblood decades ago. On a sprawling, spotless white factory floor, rows of hulking computerized machines cut and shape discs that cost $25,000 to $75,000 apiece. Workers are scarce. Two can operate eight machines at a time and 12 make up a shift.
Rolls-Royce is planning two more factories on the Prince George County site.
While automation is part of the story, the Southeast also offered Rolls-Royce a flexible work environment. In Virginia and other southern right-to-work states where union representation is low, factory employees typically can both set up and operate a machine, as well as run multiple machines.
By contrast, in the U.K. and elsewhere in Europe, collective bargaining agreements often limit workers at Rolls-Royce and other companies to single, repetitive tasks, increasing labor costs, Powers and Sirkin say. Partly as a result, from 2005 to 2010, worker productivity increased much faster in the U.S. than in western Europe.
Also contributing to faster U.S. productivity gains: The country was hit harder by low-cost competition from Asia, forcing manufacturers here to cut waste and do more with fewer employees.
Add in the fact that U.S. wages have largely stabilized the past few years while China's have risen sharply — narrowing the gap between the countries — and U.S. workers are now a better bargain for multinational companies such as Rolls-Royce.
CHINA'S WAGES HAVE NO RISEN SHARPLY OR AT ALL---THIS IS JUKED WAGE DATA
The British company is also benefiting from a growing aerospace ecosystem in Virginia and the Southeast.
Rolls-Royce is working with local community colleges to establish a steady pipeline of manufacturing workers. The University of Virginia and Virginia Tech, meanwhile, are among area institutions that are researching product improvements and turning out engineers to design parts. Less than a mile from Rolls-Royce's plant, the recently opened Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, a public-private partnership, is developing new manufacturing processes for Rolls-Royce and other area companies.
"The U.S. is just a larger network of research-based universities" than the U.K., Powers says.
Other reasons foreign manufacturers are converging on the U.S. are:
• Made-in-America appeal
Some foreign makers are looking to exploit the growing cachet of the "Made in the USA" label. Two years ago, Siemens began cranking out gas turbines at a plant in Charlotte and added 800 employees, largely to serve U.S. utilities that are converting coal-based power plants to natural gas.
It exports most of the turbines to Saudi Arabia and Mexico, which use the same power-grid technology as the U.S. But there's another reason it's making the turbines in Charlotte: Saudi Arabian companies often prefer to buy American-made technology products because they perceive them to be of higher quality, says Siemens USA chief Eric Spiegel.
Politics plays a role, too. Saudi Arabia, the second-biggest oil supplier to the U.S., "wants to buy (U.S.) products sort of as an offset program," Spiegel says.
Such set-ups can smooth potential tensions caused by unbalanced trade between two countries, says Eswar Prasad, a professor of trade policy at Cornell University.
Similarly, Europe's Airbus is building a $600 million assembly plant in Mobile, in part because North American airlines find the Made-in-the-USA label "particularly attractive," says Alan Allan McArtor, chairman of Airbus Americas. Airlines, he says, also "can come see the airplane and take delivery" in the U.S. That can help the company better compete with U.S.-based rival Boeing, McArtor says.
Politics are also at work for Airbus as it builds a $600 million facility that will open in 2015 and employ up to 1,000 workers to assemble the company's popular A-320 family of passenger airliners. "Until you actually create jobs," McArtor says, "that's where the real leverage comes with people on Capitol Hill and the public."
That kind of clout can be invaluable as Airbus battles Boeing in trade disputes before the World Trade Organization.
Airbus, as do other foreign manufacturers, also wanted to take advantage of a dollar that began weakening against the euro in 2010. When the company makes planes in France, it pays employees and buys material in euros, then sells the aircraft in cheaper U.S. dollars. As a result, a 10-cent drop in the dollar vs. the euro means 1 billion euros less in profits, McArtor says.
• Low energy costs
A natural gas boom in the U.S. is luring dozens of foreign chemical makers that use the gas as an energy source and feedstock. The price of U.S. natural gas is now a quarter to a third the price in Europe. That advantage attracted German chemical company BASF, which has invested about $5.7 billion in North America since 2009. It's building a plant in Geismar, La., that will convert natural gas to make formic acid, used in pharmaceuticals, leather and cleaning products.
BASF Chief Financial Officer Fried-Walter Münstermann says the company will likely continue to locate plants in the U.S. because BASF customers that make finished products are also moving here to exploit cheap natural gas. Europe and other regions "with high energy prices are at a disadvantage," he says.
• Fewer hassles
For many months, the 2011 tsunami and earthquake in Japan upended the supply chains of manufacturers dependent on Japanese parts makers. That helped persuade Bridgestone, a Japanese tire maker, to choose Aiken, S.C., that year as the place to build new manufacturing capacity for tires sold in North America. The new and expanded plants in Aiken will cost $1.2 billion and employ 850 workers. The crisis also helped lead Nissan and Toyota to shift more production from Japan to the U.S.
"It was kind of an awakening," says Steve Brooks, chief project officer for Bridgestone America.
For many foreign manufacturers, the U.S. is an oasis of stability — political, economic and infrastructural — in an uncertain world. Michelin recently expanded an Earthmover tire plant in Lexington, S.C., and is building a similar facility in Anderson, S.C., spending $750 million and adding 500 workers. About 80% of the 12-foot-tall industrial tires are exported.
'Zackie Achmat, a former ANC member and renowned activist, explains why he's marching against Jacob Zuma'.
We will end this week's discussion of public policy tied to women and men, families, and supporting families with employment by this activity in Africa-----MIRRORING the MOVING FORWARD in US cities deemed Foreign Economic Zones. Now, expanding Foreign Economic Zones from Asia to these few decades of installing them in AFRICA AND US----is the final stage of ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE. If our US 99% of white citizens think what is happening in Africa will only happen to our US black and brown 99% of citizens----WAKE UP-------99% of white US citizens will be made global labor pool enslaved labor.
As well, look at this article stating why protests against ZUMA are needed----they speak of LABOR BROKERS in South Africa---those are the same people from 1500s buying and selling slaves ---whether white slaves from Europe or black slaves from Africa........we already see our US 5% to the 1% black, white, and brown citizens fighting to be those LABOR BROKERS....especially here in Baltimore.
'Slave ownership is a practice that has been passed down through generations among the light-skinned Berber and Arab Moor ethnic groups, commonly referred to as Beydanes, in Mauritania'.
'Representatives of African countries in South Africa, under the auspices of African Diaspora Forum (ADF), on Tuesday staged a peaceful protest against slavery and human trafficking in Libya'.
'A man shouts out, center, with a poster reading 'Labour brokering=slavery' as he and others take part in a nationwide protest against so called labor brokers and planned new toll roads in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday, March 7, 2012'.
Notice as well OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATION SOROS-----being that billionaire installing societal changes as the other billionaires install economic and corporate changes for ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE FOR ONLY THE GLOBAL 1%.
Our US 99% of black men and women want to keep thinking OBAMA AND MICHELLE are BLACK LEADERS----when they are only 5% black followers. What did Obama and his foreign affairs JARRETT and his SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY do those several years? They created wars, civil unrest, created that 1% of African leaders like ZUMA AND MUGABE----with the grossest of brutality and injustice for 99% of African citizens.
South Africa looks just like US with that 1% South African extreme wealth working for global 1% keeping 99% of South Africans down -----global factory workers in South Africa lowest paid in developing world---$1-2 a day. Here we see that 5% to the 1% US black pols and players working for US 1% BOULE black citizens. What changes in US as South Africans already face MOVING FORWARD?
THAT 5% US BLACK PLAYER men and women DISAPPEARS-----
Do we think 'Zackie Achmat' is a REAL 99% activist? NO----as in US he is likely that 5% player morphing to farm team ACTORVIST FOLLOWER.......
'Patrick Gaspard to Become Acting OSF President
September 13, 2017
Patrick Gaspard to Become Acting OSF President
Christopher Stone will step down as president of the Open Society Foundations at the end of the year, and Patrick Gaspard, a former U.S. ambassador to South Africa and currently a vice president at the organization, will take over as acting president, the Wall Street Journal reports'.
We think ACHMAT is simply moving the ANC morphing to FAR-RIGHT LIBERTARIAN MARXISM from these few decades of global banking neo-liberalism----another player.
Six reasons why I am marching against Jacob Zuma on 7 August
Zackie Achmat, a former ANC member and renowned activist, explains why he's marching against Jacob Zuma.
By Ground Up -
By Zackie Achmat for GroundUp
On Monday 7 August, the day before the no-confidence vote, thousands will gather at Keizersgracht Street at 3pm and march to Parliament demanding that the ANC recall President Jacob Zuma. I intend to be there. Two questions immediately arise: Why the focus on Zuma when racism, sexism, inequality and unemployment are largely structural? Why the clamour about “state capture” now if capitalist interests have administered the South African state from its inception?
Our state is not an innocent experiencing the first blush of capitalist capture. The Dutch East India Company enslaved people of the East and committed genocide in the process of establishing a colonial state. The Jameson Raid at the behest of Rhodes, the bombing of Fordsburg during the Rand Revolt, the Broederbond and the Marikana Massacre amount to a consistent pattern of the state serving naked moneymaking. Almost a century before apartheid, hut and poll taxes were imposed as a means of coercing at least some Black Africans into the wage labour system needed to build mining dynasties like the Oppenheimers’. Old wealth remains concentrated in a few historically privileged hands. In the best of times these can exercise outsized influence on our democracy through the funding of political parties which is secret.
But I hope to convince you to join us on 7 August. Here are six reasons why:
1. Billions are being stolen
In her final report our courageous former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, described state capture as the “power to influence the appointment of Cabinet Ministers and Directors in Boards of SOEs [state owned entities] and leveraging those relationships to get preferential treatment in state contracts, access to state provided business finance and in the award of business licenses.” She found that the Gupta family had this power and was being assisted in exercising it by President Zuma and others. Few honest people now doubt this.
The essence of state capture is the theft of billions of rands through SOEs like Transnet and Eskom. The recent tsunami of stealing began when Zuma removed Barbara Hogan as Minister of Public Enterprises, making way for Malusi Gigaba and later Lynne Brown who facilitated theft of the state itself. The board composition of the SOEs was changed, bringing in people like Dudu Myeni and Ben Ngubane. Executives like Siyabonga Gama, Brian Molefe and Anoj Singh arrived. All of these people have relationships with Zuma, his son Duduzane or the Guptas. They awarded gigantic contracts to companies like Trillian, Tegeta, Oakbay and Tequesta, all Gupta-linked companies, often run through their “fourth brother” Salim Essa. Very little work is done, but billions are paid, ending up in Dubai, India or elsewhere.
If the R1.8 trillion Russian nuclear deal goes through the theft will reach new heights, affecting generations to come.
2. Ending corruption is a prerequisite for equality and social justice
Mcebisi Jonas, who was fired as Deputy Minister of Finance after refusing a R600m bribe from the Guptas, delivered a bold speech in May in which he admitted, “There is scope for using our core economic institutions more boldly to drive fundamental economic change”. He acknowledged that “the South African economy is in dire need of a major overhaul” and that there is “no denying that the economy needs to be radically transformed”.
But citing international precedents, he explained how radical transformation projects have repeatedly failed because of corruption and social division. “Any programme of radical economic transformation must be anchored in a much stronger democratic consensus among people and institutions,” he argued.
Jonas continued: “Nationalisation in a context of entrenched corruption, weak corporate governance, patronage rather than meritocratic appointments, and disdain for the bottom-line (if our existing state companies are anything to go by), will not deliver improved outcomes with respect to employment, poverty reduction and reduced inequality.”
If there isn’t a “zero-tolerance corruption environment” then “indigenisation programmes often serve as little more than thinly veiled attempts of politically-connected elites to capture rents”.
So “dealing with corruption and the integrity of the state becomes a prerequisite for effective black empowerment and racial transformation of the economy.”
This is the critical point. Jonas is right that tackling corruption is not an alternative to fundamental economic transformation: he is saying it is a key to unlocking it. The two must go hand in hand. And that is why #UniteBehind’s People’s March will be addressed by Mcebisi Jonas.
3. We can fight apartheid corruption while we fight today’s corruption
Hennie van Vuuren and Open Secrets are bringing to light the mountains of corruption of the apartheid era. As Geoff Budlender noted in his report into the Gupta-linked Trillian Capital, there is “also a need for full exposure and accountability in respect of wrongs committed in the past … during the apartheid era or in the democratic era.”
But, he correctly advised, “The need to put a stop to abuse which is taking place now cannot be held hostage to the need for investigations of our past. Those who propose this will fairly be suspected of attempting to prevent or delay the ending of the abuse of public power and public resources which is currently taking place.”
I would add that those who sit on the fence are enabling the stealing. It’s time to get off the fence.
4. The future of our democracy depends on stopping this
We now live in a constitutional democracy in which government is ostensibly accountable to the people. Millions of ordinary people rightly believe that the standards of a democratic government with the declared aim and constitutional duty to serve the public good should be more honest than those of colonial and apartheid degenerates. Madonsela warned “the people of South Africa … would lose faith in open, democratic and accountable government if President Zuma’s denials are proven to be false.”
In my view the loss of faith in democracy will take place if nobody is held accountable. We cannot let corruption enjoy the same impunity as it did during apartheid.
5. The criminal justice system is being destroyed
It is the unfortunate norm for governments to put the interests of elites before working class and poor people. This is something we have to continuously struggle against. But the Zuma coup is even worse than this. It only serves the interests of the narrowest gang. Therefore even the modicum of internal fairness amongst capitalists – the traditional “honour among thieves” – is done away with. Instead of a legal system skewed towards the rich which we resist, we are left with lawlessness. This can only lead to a rise in crime and violence, which will mostly affect poor people. There is nothing more anti-Black and anti-poor than that.
6. Zuma is unleashing authoritarianism, tribalism and violence
To protect their looting, Zuma and the Guptas pretend to defend “radical economic transformation”. Concocted in London, the heart of global finance capital, their use of the term discredits the genuinely revolutionary changes needed to transform our society from structural racism to equality.
To see that Zuma’s project has nothing to do with ideas we only have to look at the intolerance to reasoned discussion and debate shown by the bands of thugs known as the ANC Youth League, Black First Land First and MK Veterans Association. They want a country where media, art, science and literature are purged of innovation and dissent.
There is no shortcut to a truly liberated South Africa. After Zuma goes we will have to redouble the social justice struggle that he has set back so dearly. That is why I ask you to march with the #UniteBehind coalition. We are committed to uniting struggles post-Zuma, and setting the path towards a just and equal South Africa.
WE BELIEVE #UNITE BEHIND IN SOUTH AFRICA MIRRORS THE #RESIST WE KNOW ARE SIMPLY ALT RIGHT ALT LEFT 5% GROUPS.