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  1. What a chumpwad:

    and has even less to do with America, where class warfare has never gained much traction

    What a loser. Just a sample from around the time of London Calling:

    5 January 1970
    Joseph A. Yablonski, unsuccessful reform candidate to unseat “Tough Tony” Boyle as President of the United Mine Workers, was murdered, along with his wife and daughter, in their Clarksville, Pennsylvania home by assassins acting on Boyle’s orders. Boyle was later convicted of the killing. West Virginia miners went on strike the following day in protest.

    18 March 1970
    The first mass work stoppage in the 195-year history of the Post Office Department began with a walkout of letter carriers in Brooklyn and Manhattan, soon involving 210,000 of the nation’s 750,000 postal employees. With mail service virtually paralzyed in New York, Detroit, and Philadelphia, President Nixon declared a state of national emergency and assigned military units to New York City post offices. The stand-off culminated two weeks later.

    29 July 1970
    United Farm Workers forced California grape growers to sign an agreement after a five-year strike.

    3 August 1981
    Federal air traffic controllers began a nationwide strike after their union rejected the government’s final offer for a new contract. Most of the 13,000 striking controllers defied the back-to-work order, and were dismissed by President Reagan on 5 August.

    October 1982
    A boycott was initiated by the Industrial Association of Machinists against Brown & Sharpe, a machine, precision, measuring and cutting tool manufacturer, headquartered in Rhode Island. The boycott was called after the firm refused to bargain in good faith (withdrawing previously negotiated clauses in the contract), and forced the union into an unwanted and bitter strike during which police sprayed pepper gas on some 800 IAM pickets at the company’s North Kingston plant in early 1982. Three weeks later, a machinist narrowly escaped serious injury when a shot fired into the picket line hit his belt buckle. The National Labor Relations Board subsequently charged Brown & Sharpe with regressive bargaining, and of entering into negotiations with the express purpose of not reaching an agreement with the union.

    Not much traction. Just life and death clashes.

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