The Lack of Leadership with Bhairavi Desai

This site will show the truth about Bhairavi Desai, the head of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance.

Bhairavi Desai is the founding member of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, a union representing approximately 15,000 taxi drivers in New York City.

She claims to be a social activist, including advocating for the” Cuba, Palestine, and El Salvador solidarity movements.” (http://socialjustice.ccnmtl.columbia.edu/index.php/Biography_of_Bhairavi_Desai)

When the New York Times wrote a story about her on December 8, 1999, “You will forgive her if she has a tendency to speak in a kind of Marxist-labor jargon. It’s just on labor that this is the way she is.” (http://www.nytimes.com/1999/12/08/nyregion/public-lives-an-unlikely-organizer-as-cabdrivers-unite.html?src=pm )

For those who do not know, Desai supports a socio-economic and political ideal based on a materialist interpretation of historical development, a dialectical view of social transformation, an analysis of class-relations and conflict within society. Desai has made her career critiquing capitalism, promoting class warfare as a systemic economic route. Railing against the successful, and blaming them for the ailments of those still struggling is symbolic of her mentality.

Desai’s theories about society, economics and politics \hold that human societies progress through class struggle: a conflict between an ownership class that controls production and a dispossessed laboring class that provides the work for production. Yet, for her group of working class TWA members and hard working taxi drivers, she willingly agreed to a huge tax for them to pad her groups’ operations. While it is calculated that only $30 will go to disability insurance and other medical benefits, Desai agreed to take $300-$600 each year from all taxi drivers.

She seems to believe that capitalism is the “dictatorship of the bourgeoisie.” believing it to be run by the wealthy classes for their own benefit. This is the theory under which Bhairavi Desai operates the TWA.