Massimino Blog Post for 9/29

Upon reading Flora Tristan’s “The Worker’s Union” I was struck by how forward thinking her ideas were at the time. Describing the modern day workers’ unions that exist day, she stresses the importance of committing oneself to the collective in order to help the greater good. However, I worry about her oversimplification of the subject and harsh criticism of the worker. Near the beginning she stresses the need for unity, reminding everyone of how they have waited 25 years to be met with nothing (190). She insists they must protect themselves, which is true, but doesn’t seem to focus much on what they must protect themselves from. She hints at social contract being broken, yet doesn’t agree that the working class has earned the right to revolt. Do we think this is poor oversight of the situation or does she understand that the State is too powerful to go against?

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