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Take the day off to vote.

The General Strike is a standard move in the socialist labor playbook. It's a relatively benign show of power, meant to imply numbers by their absence. It creates a minor disruption, expresses an implied threat of what those numbers might be willing to do, and proves the leader's power to direct that power. It also strengthens the bond of the workers to each other and to the leader, as well as providing opportunities for planning, preparation, and "direct action".

This isn't so much a ploy to gain votes as a flexing of the muscles he thinks he'll have after the vote. It's also a telegraphing of what we can expect from the Obamanation.


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