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Journalist, John Nichols, Tells How Egypt Fueled Labor Movement Here

One year ago today, Hosni Mubarak, the president of Egypt, stepped down after massive crowds protested his policies. Seeing this unfold for 18 days, many Wisconsinites followed their lead as they began protesting Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill.

Presenting to a room full of Racine Dominican nuns and Democrats, John Nichols explained how he believes the political protests in Egypt influenced Wisconsin's labor struggle and how the state got its political "coolness" back.

A nationally known political journalist, Nichols made the presentation during the "Situation of Substance" series held on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 at the .

Nichols explained how people in Wisconsin—at least those who believed collective bargaining should remain in the state—drew their political voice directly from the protests in Egypt, and how an inaccurate New York Times article served as kindling to what Nichols calls the "labor struggle" and the current recall movement.

James R Hoffa January 26, 2012 at 12:03 AM
John Nichols is a self-declared 'progressive,' and nothing more than an extreme partisan hack. But, he may be right about one current Egyptian - Wisconsin connection. Egypt's revolution that resulted in a power grab by Islamist extremists has disrupted Egypt's economy to such a severe degree that a further devaluation of Egypt's currency is inevitable, which will send the prices of food and other essential goods and services soaring, thus further impoverishing the Egyptian people. Much in the same way that the left's recall temper-tantrum in Wisconsin has had the effect of creating a political instability that led to stifling state-wide job and economic growth to the detriment of all Wisconsinites. But for some reason or another, Nichols fails to point out this similarity. Nichols is nothing but a liberal spinster. The 'real labor movement' in this country was premised on fair wages and favorable working conditions in for-profit environments. What is currently going on in Wisconsin cannot in all honesty be called a 'labor movement,' as those complaining are public servants that are already protected against workplaces abuses by both federal and state laws, as well as represented on both wage matters and working conditions via their duly elected local and state level public officials, who's job it is to set tax rates and distribute tax revenues. There is no comparison. Maybe Nichols should stick to giving biased political commentary on MS-NBC.
Racine Progressive January 27, 2012 at 04:31 AM
John Nichols is proudly a progressive, but certainly not a "hack". The revolution in Egypt was an amazing moment in history and the outcome is yet to be determined. Building democracy after decades of dictatorship is not easy. Their struggle to topple Mubarek was inspiring to us in Wisconsin. Walker showed his disdain for democracy and hatred of unions, so he must be toppled like Mubarek, Thankfully we can vote him out of office - Egyptians did not have that choice.
Racine Progressive January 27, 2012 at 04:40 AM
What is going on in Wisconsin is a movement - not just a labor movement. The rabid right wingers just don't get it and I don't expect them to understand.
Terry Van Parys January 28, 2012 at 01:53 PM
The state got it's political coolness back? Are you kidding me? We looked like morons in front of the world. Comparing the people in Egypt yearning for freedom with what happened in Wisconsin is ok except we did it first...14 months ago when the people rose up and chose Walker over the big Unions, that have been crushing us all of these years.

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