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For as long as there have been workers, there have been strikes — the collective, coordinated withholding of one’s labor. For most of the early history of capitalism, strikes were illegal and punished (often violently) as a breach of contract or threat to public order. How did workers win a legally-recognized right to strike? And how does this right coexist with traditional liberal rights to private property and freedom of contract? Alex Gourevitch, professor of political science and political theorist, will explore the history and theory of the right to strike, exposing the oppression at the heart of capitalist society and the socialist case for freedom.
Optional Reading: Radical Defense of the Right to Strike
Meeting ID: 962 2804 0106
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