Tuesday, August 04, 2009

[olympiaworkers] Because: I need input

Greetings All,

I was asked to write a short piece on the class struggle. So that piece is below. Yes I could have added a lot more things but then it would not be a short piece. So before it is used I am looking for comments and if anyone can spot any typos. In most anything I write I seek out input. Thank you

Arthur J. Miller


Alone in your cubicle, a slave to a keyboard as time almost seems to stand still. Driving a truck hours upon hours that numb the mind while at the controls of 16 wheels and just one split second mistake can cause the death of you and others. Toiling in a fastfood factory producing unhealthy meals for people who who like you have had their time robbed from them. Condemned to a dehumanizing existance BECAUSE you must survive each day so that you can repeat it all again the next day.

Each hour of labor you hope to go by quickly. Each day of the workweek you hope will speed by to reach your few days off. Much of your existance is spent wanting to get through your time swifty even though you know that the faster your life is used up the quicker you get to your death. BECAUSE your life is lived for the benefit of someone else.

Exposure to toxic chemicals and dangerous biological hazards, working in conditions that are needlessly dangerous. The cost analysis shows that greater profit is made when less is done to protect you the worker. Maximized profit of a few is the purpose of this society and the well-being of you the worker is not important BECAUSE you can always be replaced with another worker.

The wages paid to you the worker are kept as low as possible for the work to still get done. Though all wealth that is produced is done so by our labor, those that do not labor but only own by right of pieces of paper, take the greatest amount of the wealth produced for themselves. Though logically this makes no sense. This is the prevailing reality BECAUSE we are nothing more than wage slaves.

We wonder why many things don't work as they should? Why a few have far more than they need and many are forced to go without their basic needs? Why there always seem to be some type of crisis going on? Is all this because industry inherently flawed? No, it is BECAUSE those that do the work, you and me, the workers, do not control our labor.

Regardless of the social conditioning the rulers force us through, we are as depentant upon the environment as is any other living thing. The maximized profit system will carry on its purpose no matter what harm it does to the world around it. Even if that means over time it places all living things in danager. So why does this madness continue? BECAUSE we who do the work of production do not take responsiblity for what we produce and how our production is used.

Alone on a job as individual workers, we seem powerless against our bosses. But if we join with our fellow workers on the shopfloor and organize we have the greatest power on that job BECAUSE there is no job without our labor.

Many of our bosses have gone beyond just owning one workplace. And thus we must join together with all other workers in our industries and form industrial unions, BECAUSE no industry can function without the labor of the workers in that industry.

Corporations exist beyond industrial lines and thus our union organization must be made up of workers in all industries. BECAUSE the wider our organization is within all industries the greater our power will be.

The corporations do not limit themselves to countries and national borders. They have become multi-national corporations and they have organized together in international trade organizations. We cannot gain much by just battling parts of corporations within single countries. Thus we need to organize industrially on an international level. BECAUSE only an international industrial worker's organization can take on international bosses organization. What we need is a One Big Union of all workers.

As long as there has been a class that owns industry and controled the class that do all the work by means of a wage system, there has been conflict between those two classes. That conflict comes about because the interests of the owners is maximized profit at the expence of us workers and our interests are to make a good living with good conditions. There is no common ground in those two different interests. Thus there has been a conflict between these two classes that will go on as long as the class system exists. The question is: Do we want this class conflict to go on forever? And: Can our world survive the maximized profit system forever? If the answer is that we need to make a change to a better system where those that do the work control their labor and what their production is used for, then we need to organize! BECAUSE only when the organized power of the working class is greater than the organized power of the capitalist class can we make that change and put an end to class conflict.

Our tactics are rather simple. Direct action and industrial solidarity. We act directly in our own interests on our jobs, in our industries and in all of our One Big Union. Worker solidarity must become a way of life for us workers and never cross union picketlines, never do the work of striking workers, never supply shops on strike with any services, and never handle scab goods including buying them. When needed we fill the streets with workers marching in solidarity with other workers. In our union no worker stand alone, BECAUSE in using direct action and solidarity we are "making an injury to one an injury to all."

As we organize and as we use direct action and industrial solidarity we are building our new world within the shell of the old.

Once our organized power is greater than the organized power of the owners we can take control of the means of production, withhold goods and services from the owners and their agents of repression. And then BECAUSE of that power we can control our labor and produce for the benefit of our class and take responsiblity for our production so that it does not harm Mother Earth or is used by the warmakers.

All this will not come easy for us. It will be a struggle. But we have struggled all our working lives just to survive. Now we need to put as much struggle into freeing ourselves as we did being wage slaves. We call this a struggle BECAUSE it will not be easy.

And struggle we must, for there is one clear thing handed down to us from the ages on why we must struggle. BECAUSE capitalism cannot be reformed!

Arthur J. Miller

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