3 thoughts on “Sunday open thread

  1. Here are two great articles which is required reading to counter the false accusations, misreadings, and “the sky is falling” by conservatives of Pope Francis’ calling attention to the great disparity and injustice between the few and the many and why.



    Ironically, it is two women, Cynthia Tucker and Kathleen Parker defending, or I should say explaining what the Pope’s message is really saying.

    As a corporate guy most of my work life, the ladies are right on. Capitalism is amoral; its the unrestrained greed of a few human beings enabled by enriched and/or cowardly politicians causing a return to serfdom of the worker as in a past era.

    The message is simple; we must share in a common effort justly. Capital and Labor are partners.

  2. Maybe the Pope’s been reading Big Bill Haywood? From the preamble to the IWW constitution:

    ” The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of the working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things of life.

    Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the means of production, abolish the wage system, and live in harmony with the Earth.

    We find that the centering of the management of industries into fewer and fewer hands makes the trade unions unable to cope with the ever growing power of the employing class. The trade unions foster a state of affairs which allows one set of workers to be pitted against another set of workers in the same industry, thereby helping defeat one another in wage wars. Moreover, the trade unions aid the employing class to mislead the workers into the belief that the working class have interests in common with their employers.

    These conditions can be changed and the interest of the working class upheld only by an organization formed in such a way that all its members in any one industry, or in all industries if necessary, cease work whenever a strike or lockout is on in any department thereof, thus making an injury to one an injury to all.

    Instead of the conservative motto, “A fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work,” we must inscribe on our banner the revolutionary watchword, “Abolition of the wage system.”

    It is the historic mission of the working class to do away with capitalism. The army of production must be organized, not only for everyday struggle with capitalists, but also to carry on production when capitalism shall have been overthrown. By organizing industrially we are forming the structure of the new society within the shell of the old. “

    1. I don’t know if I’d go as far as “Big Bill.”

      I worked in a family owned, anti union, business with plants in several states, but believed strongly in providing health insurance, a pension, and a living wage. In addition, we were rewarded for our suggestions which for me provided additional compensation over the years. Factory employees had an incentive system. The labor philosophy of the owner was that a happy worker was a productive worker. Perhaps, my experience is an exception

      Yes, there are “sweat shops” or huge companies who do not recognize the humanity and contribution of the worker and public entities controlled by the dictatorship of politics. For those, I strongly advocate representation of the worker by a union.

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