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The Worker’s Struggle: The Site of Real Trade Unions?

Over the past few days, participants of Chto Delat’s e-mail platform have been debating two articles recently published at Рабочая борьба: Сайт настоящих профсоюзов The Worker’s Struggle: The Site of Real Trade Unions. In the first article, Рабочее движение и гражданское общество (“The Worker’s Movement and Civil Society”), well-known Russian Marxist political analyst and writer Boris Kagarlitsky argues:

По существу, рабочее движение оказалось пока первым и единственным действительным проявлением гражданского общества в современной России. Не искусственного, созданного на западные гранты или заседающего в муляжной Общественной палате, а реального, формирующегося снизу.

In essence, for now the worker’s movement has proved to be the first and the only real manifestation of civil society in contemporary Russia. [That is, it is a manifestation] not of the artificial [civil society] that is produced with the aid of western grants or for a member of the ersatz Public Chamber, but of the real [civil society] that forms at the grassroots. Continue reading

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