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The Rebellion in Los Angeles On April 29th Los Angeles exploded in the most serious urban uprising in America this century It took the federal army the national guard and police from throughout the country three days to restore order by which time the residents of LA had appropriated millions of dollars worth of goods and destroyed a billion dollars of capitalist property Most readers will be familiar with many of the details of the rebellion This article will attempt to make sense of the uprising by putting the events into the context of the present state of class relations in Los Angeles and America in order to see where this new militancy in the class struggle may lead Before the rebellion there were two basic attitudes on the state of class struggle in America The pessimistic view is that the American working class has been decisively defeated This view has held that the US is - in terms of the topography of the global class struggle - little more than a desert The more optimistic view held that despite the weakness of the traditional working class against the massive cuts in wages what we see in the domination of the American left by single issue campaigns and Politically Correct discourse is actually evidence of the vitality of the autonomous struggles of sections of the working class The explosion of class struggle in LA shows the need to go beyond these one-sided views Contents 1 Beyond the Image What happened 2 Race and Class Composition 3 Class Composition And Capitalist Restructuring 4 A Note on Architecture and the Postmodernists 5 Gangs 6 The Political Ideas of the Gangs 7 Conclusion 1 Beyond the Image As most of our information about the rioting has come through the capitalist media it is necessary to deal with the distorted perspective it has given Just as in
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