The revolution disarmed, Chile, 1970-1973 by Gabriel Smirnow

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S. and other imperialist countries. • The scientific-technological revolution has enabled the giant corporations with global reach and huge reserves of capital to restructure production and services, to “fragment” them, to quote Bernanke. This means that the bosses can spread out production internationally and pay much lower wages to workers in manufacturing and services abroad than they would pay for the same work at home. • Because of the creation of so-called global production chains, offshoring of services, and immigration—the migration of low-wage, oppressed workers, which is an integral part of the “globalization” process—wages in any particular country are no longer determined primarily by a national standard but, to an increasing degree, are determined internationally.

The bosses have used offshoring, outsourcing, and the super-exploitation of immigrant labor, with all its accompanying racism, to intensify the exploitation of this new, expanded global labor supply. They have used every technological weapon at their disposal to restructure world capitalist production and services in order to ensnare more and more layers of workers over wider and wider territories into an ever-extending global chain of exploitation and wage competition. ” In the United States the bosses have played a double game.

9 Without the benefit of any overall studies, Tonelson made an attempt to show the scope of the expansion of the labor exploitable by globalizing monopolies or, as he says, “how the world’s economic labor supply began to explode”: The actual numbers involved are staggering. 25 billion), India (987 million), Indo­ nesia (212 million), Brazil (168 million), Russia (147 million), Bangladesh (126 million), and Mexico (100 million). The former Communist countries of Eastern Europe—excluding the former Yugoslav republics—and the former Soviet republics represent two more roughly 100-million regions joining the global economy.

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