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7militant workers' lack of confidence in any form of necessity the forms and procedures under whichtrade-union resistance to wage-gouging. Thirdly, this phase will be continued.under conditions of spiralling unemployment ratesand actual or imminent depression, the At the moment, it appears that Meany and ademoralization of large sectors of the trade-union coalition of Democratic Party forces are formingmembership will lead to an "every man for battalions to attack Nixon on this matter. There ishimself," "dog-eat-dog," anarchistic swinishness little reason for doubt, on the basis of objectiveamong working people generally, trends in process now, that the Democratic Partymust be favored to carry the presidential electionThose three conditions would be sufficient to next Fall. Not merely because of hard organizedassure the Nixon administration's Democratic labor support and disaffection of oppressedsuccessors that they could go ahead with "Phase minorities, unemployed and youth generally, butIII": Direct police control of wages and prices -- because the Democratic Party is the only capitalistespecially wages, using armies of low-paid party in the U.S.A. which can successfully do thegovernment snoopers recruited from the ranks of sort of hatchet job on labor which Rockefeller andwhite-collar unemployed and hippies, his ilk require at this particular turn. Even so, theirproblem is now, and can not wait for the elections.The secret of all sorts of dictatorship is toprevent the ruled from maintaining or creating Consider the alternative. Suppose for a momentbroad-scale institutions through which they can that there is a walk-out of Meany et al. from themobilize their forces to resist oppression. By "Tri-Partite" board, and that the Nixonattempting to demoralize, the organized labor administration attempts to force a 5.5% policymovement through "Phase II", capitalist down labor's throat under such circumstances. Thegovernment attempts to neutralize the one existing result would be massive strikes -- even massiveform of mass organization which exists, and strikes in defiance of injunctions and law, and aaround which still broader forces could be growing general mood of labor for independentmobilized in a short time. class political action. The advisors to governmentknow the risk of this alternative far better thanmost U.S. socialist leaders, and know that thiswould be a foolish thing for the government toIt does not follow however, that the existing provoke at this time. Witness the explanation ofarrangements of the Nixon administration are the David Rockefeller's tame economist on why theform in which "Phase II" will be carried through. Rockefeller family was opposed to wage-pricecontrols: fear that they would be defeated byIt is most probable that the Democratic Party massive labor resistance, demonstrating to labor itsmachine will intervene "on behalf" of its labor power to resist anti-labor decrees of government."ally" in an attempt to force a bi-partisan The men behind the U.S. capitalist class are by noreorganization of "Phase II" machinery and means as simple-minded as the leaders of theprocedures. The recent impetus of Meany toward a Communist Party.tighter affiliation with the Democratic Partyreflects the fact that an effective "Phase II" would What can happen between now and nexthave to occur as either a product of a January, 1973 to change the organization andstraight-forward Labor-Democratic Party alliance, policies of "Phase II" machinery? For oneor under bi-partisan sponsorship and endorsement alternative, the Congress might pass a law forcing aof the committees, the committee members, and major reorganization of "Phase II" upon thethe policies and procedures used. President. Or, Tricky Dicky, attempting to saveface, might concede the Democrats' demandsIt is most useful to study the process of before such a reorganization could be publiclysuccessi,ve forms of control machinery by which forced upon him by the Congress.the bipartisan regulative machinery of the WorldWar II period evolved, through a succession of Such and similar possibilities are hardly mattersRoosevelt's manipulations of his labor puppet, of wild conjecture. On several issues, including theSidney Hillman. The organizational forms and explosive issue of Secretary Connally's mostprocedures of Phase II at this moment are by no undiplomatic "negotiations" with Canada, Western

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