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Hedges: Let Us Now Praise Amazon Unionists

The only way to halt the global assault on the human rights of workers is to unionize.
Hammer-Head by Mr. Fish

By Chris Hedges / Original to ScheerPost

Let us honor those workers who stood up to Amazon, especially Chris Smalls, described by Amazon’s chief counsel as “not smart, or articulate,” who led a walkout at the Amazon warehouse at Staten Island JFK8 at the beginning of the pandemic two years ago to protest unsafe working conditions. He was immediately fired. Amazon’s high-priced lawyers, however, were in for a surprise. Smalls unionized the first Amazon warehouse in the country. He, along with his co-founder Derrick Palmer, built their union worker by worker with little outside support and no affiliation with a national labor group, raising $120,000 on GoFundMe. Amazon spent more than $4.3 million on anti-union consultants last year alone, according to federal filings.

We must not underestimate this victory. It is only by rebuilding unions and carrying out strikes that we will halt the downward spiral of the working class. No politician will do this for us. Neither of the two ruling parties will be our allies. The media will be hostile. The government, beholden to corporations and the rich, will use its resources, no matter which of the two ruling parties is in the White House, to crush worker movements. It will be a long, painful and lonely struggle.

You can tell what the oligarchs fear by what they seek to destroy — unions. Amazon, the country’s second largest employer after Walmart, pours staggering resources into blocking union organizing, like Walmart. According to court documents, it formed a reaction team involving 10 departments, including a security group staffed by military veterans, to counter the Staten Island organizing and had blueprints for breaking union activity worked out in its “Protest Response Playbook” and “Labor Activity Playbook.” The strike-breaking teams organized compulsory Maoist-type meetings, up to 20 a day, with workers where supervisors denigrated unions. It employed subterfuges making it hard to vote for a union. It put up anti-union posters in the bathrooms. It fired workers suspected of organizing. And it relied on the gutting of antitrust legislation and OSHA, as well as the emasculation of the National Labor Relations Board, which left workers largely defenseless, although the NLRB made a few decisions in favor of the union organizers.

“They called us a bunch of thugs,” Smalls told reporters after the 2,654 to 2,131 vote to form the union. “They tried to spread racist rumors. Tried to demonize our character, but it didn’t work.”

Amazon, like most large corporations, has no more commitment to worker’s rights than it does to the nation. It avoids taxes through a series of loopholes designed by their lobbyists in Washington and passed by Congress. The company dodged about $5.2 billion in corporate federal income taxes in 2021, even as it reported record profits of more than $35 billion. It paid only 6 percent of those profits in federal corporate income tax. Amazon posted income of more than $11 billion in 2018 but paid no federal taxes and received a federal tax refund of $129 million. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, the second richest man in the world, is worth over $180 billion. He, like Elon Musk, the richest man in the world, worth $277 billion, plays with space rockets as if they were toys and is finishing work on his $500 million yacht, the largest in the world.

The more powerful workers become, the more the media will be weaponized against them.

Bezos owns The Washington Post. The billionaire bioscientist Patrick Soon-Shiong owns The Los Angeles Times. Hedge funds and other financial firms own half of the daily newspapers in the United States. Television is in the hands of roughly a half-dozen corporations who control 90% of what Americans watch. WarnerMedia, currently owned by AT&T, owns CNN and Time Warner. MSNBC is owned by Comcast, which is a subsidiary of General Electric, the 11th-largest defense contractor in the US. News Corp owns The Wall Street Journal and New York Post. The ruling oligarchs don’t care what we watch, as long as we remain entranced by the trivial, emotionally-driven spectacles they provide. None of these outlets challenge the interests of their owners, shareholders or advertisers, who orchestrate the assault on workers. The more powerful workers become, the more the media will be weaponized against them.

The first story I published in a major newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor, was about the US corporation Gulf and Western’s crushing of labor organizing in its industrial free zone in La Romana in the Dominican Republic, a campaign that included the intimidation, beating, firing, and assassination of Dominican labor organizers. The story was originally accepted by the Outlook section of The Washington Post until Gulf and Western, which owned Paramount Pictures, threatened to pull its movie advertising from the newspaper. The Monitor, funded by The Christian Science Church, did not carry advertising. It was an early and important lesson on the severe constraints of the commercial press.

The New York Times had gutted an investigative piece a year earlier written by perhaps our greatest investigative journalist, Seymour Hersh, who exposed the killing of some 500 unarmed civilians by the U.S. army in My Lai and the torture at Abu Ghraib, and Jeff Gerth about Gulf and Western. Hersh and Gerth documented how Gulf and Western carried out fraud, abuse, tax avoidance and had links with organized crime. Charles Bluhdorn, the CEO of Gulf and Western, socialized with the publisher, Arthur “Punch” Sulzberger, which included invitations to preview soon-to-be-released Paramount movies in Bluhdorn’s home theater. Bluhdorn used his connections at the paper to discredit Hersh and Gerth, as well as to bombard the newspaper with accusatory letters and menacing phone calls. He hired private investigators to dig up dirt on Hersh and Gerth. When the two reporters filed their 15,000-word expose, the business editor, John Lee, in Hersh’s words, and “his ass-kissing coterie of moronic editors,” perhaps fearful of being sued, neutered it. It was one thing, Hersh found, to go up against a public institution. It was something else to take on a major corporation. He would never again work regularly for a newspaper.

“The experience was frustrating and enervating,” Hersh writes in his memoir “Reporter.” “Writing about corporate America had sapped my energy, disappointed the editors, and unnerved me. There would be no check on corporate America, I feared: Greed had won out. The ugly fight with Gulf and Western had rattled the publisher and the editors to the point that the editors who ran the business pages had been allowed to vitiate and undercut the good work Jeff and I had done. I could not but wonder if the editors there had been told about Bluhdorn’s personal connection to Punch. In any case, it was clear to me and Jeff that the courage the Times had shown in confronting the wrath of a president and an attorney general in the crisis over the Pentagon Papers in 1971 was nowhere to be seen when confronted by a gaggle of corporate con men…”

The United States had the most violent labor wars in the industrialized world, with hundreds of workers murdered by company goons and militias, thousands wounded and tens of thousands blacklisted. The fight for unions, and with them decent salaries, benefits, and job protection, was paid for by rivers of working-class blood and tremendous suffering. The formation of unions, as in the past, will entail a long and vicious class war. The security and surveillance apparatus, including Homeland Security and the FBI, will be deployed, along with private contractors and thugs hired by corporations, to monitor, infiltrate and destroy union organizing.

Unions made possible, for a while, a middle-class salary for auto workers, bus drivers, electricians, and construction workers. But those gains were rolled back. If the minimum wage had kept pace with rising productivity, as The New York Times pointed out, workers would be earning at least $20 an hour.

The nascent organizing at Amazon, Starbucks, Uber, Lyft, John Deere, Kellogg, the Special Metals plant in Huntington, West Virginia, owned by Berkshire Hathaway; REI, the Northwest Carpenters Union, Kroger, teachers in Chicago, Sacramento, West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona; fast food workers, hundreds of nurses in Worcester, Massachusetts, and the members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees are signs that workers are discovering that the only real power they have is as a collective, although a paltry 9% of the US workforce is unionized. Fourteen hundred workers at a Kellogg’s plant in Omaha that makes Cheez-Its won a new contract with more than 15% wage increases over three years after they went on strike for nearly three months last fall.

The betrayal of the working class by the Democratic Party, especially during the Clinton administration, included trade deals that allowed exploited workers in Mexico or China to take the place of unionized workers at home. Anti-labor legislation was passed by bought-and-paid for politicians in the two ruling parties on behalf of big business. Deindustrialization and job insecurity morphed into the gig economy, where workers are reduced to living on subsistence wages with no benefits or job security, and few rights.

Capitalists, as Karl Marx pointed out, have only two goals: Reduce the cost of labor, which means impoverishing and exploiting workers, and increase the rate of production, which often occurs through automation, such as Amazon’s ubiquitous squat orange robots carrying yellow racks across million-square-foot warehouse floors. When human beings interfere in these two capitalist objectives, they are sacrificed.

The financial distress afflicting workers, trapped in debt peonage and preyed upon by banks, credit card companies, student loan companies, privatized utilities, the gig economy, a for-profit healthcare system that has not prevented the US from having roughly a sixth of all reported worldwide COVID-19 deaths — although we have less than a twelfth of the world’s population — and employers who pay meager wages and do not provide benefits is getting steadily worse, especially with rising inflation. 

Biden, while lavishing $13.6 billion on Ukraine and expanding the military budget to $754 billion, has overseen the loss of extended unemployment benefits, rental assistance, forbearance for student loans, emergency checks, the moratorium on evictions and now the ending of the expansion of the child tax credit. He has refused to fulfill even his most tepid campaign promises, including raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and forgiving student loans. His Build Back Better bill has been gutted and may not be revived.  

Amazon workers, like many American workers, endure appalling work conditions. They are forced to work compulsory 12-hour shifts. They are denied bathroom breaks, often urinating into bottles. They endure stifling temperatures inside the warehouse in the summer. They must scan a new item every 11 seconds to hit their quota. The company knows immediately when they fall behind. Fail to meet the quota and you are fired.

Will Evans, in an investigative piece for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, found that “the company’s obsession with speed has turned its warehouses into injury mills.” Evans amassed internal injury reports from 23 of the company’s 110 “fulfillment centers” nationwide. “Taken together,” he writes, “the rate of serious injuries for those facilities was more than double the national average for the warehousing industry: 9.6 serious injuries per 100 full-time workers in 2018, compared with an industry average that year of 4.”

Those who are injured, Evans found, are “cast aside as damaged goods or sent back to jobs that injured them further.”

“The Amazon tenure of Parker Knight, a disabled veteran who worked at the Troutdale, Oregon, warehouse this year, shows the ruthless precision of Amazon’s system,” Evans writes. “Knight had been allowed to work shorter shifts after he sustained back and ankle injuries at the warehouse, but [proprietary software tracking program] ADAPT didn’t spare him. Knight was written up three times in May for missing his quota. The expectations were precise. He had to pick 385 small items or 350 medium items each hour. One week, he was hitting 98.45% of his expected rate, but that wasn’t good enough. That 1.55% speed shortfall earned him his final written warning — the last one before termination.”

The New York Times revealed last year that Amazon also regularly shortchanges new parents, patients dealing with medical crises and other vulnerable workers on leave.

“Workers across the country facing medical problems and other life crises have been fired when the attendance software mistakenly marked them as no-shows, according to former and current human resources staff members, some of whom would speak only anonymously for fear of retribution,” the newspaper reported. “Doctors’ notes vanished into black holes in Amazon’s databases. Employees struggled to even reach their case managers, wading through automated phone trees that routed their calls to overwhelmed back-office staff in Costa Rica, India, and Las Vegas. And the whole leave system was run on a patchwork of programs that often didn’t speak to one another. Some workers who were ready to return found that the system was too backed up to process them, resulting in weeks or months of lost income. Higher-paid corporate employees, who had to navigate the same systems, found that arranging a routine leave could turn into a morass.”

History has demonstrated that the only power citizens have is through the collective, without that collective we are shorn like sheep. This is a truth the ruling class spends a lot of time obscuring.

The ruling class, through self-help gurus such as Oprah, “prosperity gospel” preachers and the entertainment industry, has effectively privatized hope. They peddle the fantasy that reality is never an impediment to what we desire. If we believe in ourselves, if we work hard, if we grasp that we are truly exceptional, we can have anything we want. The privatization of hope is pernicious and self-defeating. When we fail to achieve our goals, when our dreams are unattainable, we are taught it is not due to economic, social, or political injustice, but faults within us. History has demonstrated that the only power citizens have is through the collective, without that collective we are shorn like sheep. This is a truth the ruling class spends a lot of time obscuring.

Any advance we make in social, political, and economic justice immediately comes under assault by the ruling class. The ruling class chips away at the gains we make, which is what happened following the rise of mass movements in the 1930s and later in the 1960s. The oligarchs seek to snuff out what the political scientist Samuel Huntington cynically called “the excess of democracy.” The sociologist Max Weber, for this reason, called politics a vocation. Social change cannot be achieved simply by voting. It requires a constant, ceaseless effort. It is an endless striving for a new political order, one that demands lifelong dedication, organizing to keep the rapacious excesses of power in check and personal sacrifice. This eternal vigilance is the key to success. 

Amazon’s vast machinery, as I write, is no doubt plotting to destroy the union in Staten Island. It cannot allow it to be a successful example. It has 109 “fulfillment centers” it is determined to keep nonunionized. But, if we do not become complacent, if we continue to organize and resist, if we link our arms with our unionized allies across the country, if we are able to strike we  — and they —  have a chance.


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Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years for The New York Times, where he served as the Middle East Bureau Chief and Balkan Bureau Chief for the paper. He previously worked overseas for The Dallas Morning NewsThe Christian Science Monitor, and NPR. He is the host of show The Chris Hedges Report.

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28 comments

  1. It’s too late Chris. In your heart you know it too. We are at system collapse….the end of hope. Our decent into hell has begun and there is no stopping it now.

    Have a great day.

    1. I fear the same. The only way I see this tide turning is through a widespread, abrupt uprising. History has shown time and again that nearly every single similar situation has ended or only truly changed through violence. Even billionaire Nick Hanauer has written about this, coining it “pitchfork economics”.

      When power is so concentrated at the top, and the masses are pushed into lives of deep anxiety, stress, suffering (not just at work, but today one in about 8 people face food insecurity – one small mishap from not being able to eat, and half of them go hungry at least part of the day), this chasm between the very few haves, and the masses of have nots when this wide, the power so concentrated for so very long, organizing labor has not changed enough. And I don’t see nearly enough labor organizing here the way Chris writes. Even if another FDR came along, and Congress and most state houses went along (zero chance of happening) I’m not sure it would stem this tide. Hopefully I’m wrong in all I just said, and there will be a peaceful, positive change for all, but I honestly fear I’m completely right in my fears.

      1. Did you leave out the force the can’t be negotiated with? The Climate Catastrophe?

  2. “The strike-breaking teams organized compulsory Maoist-type meetings, up to 20 a day, with workers where supervisors denigrated unions….It put up anti-union posters in the bathrooms.”

    If that’s what the rocket scientist managers at Amazon were doing to stir up anti-union sentiment, I wonder what they’d do if they were pushing the workers to unionize.

  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ROBERT! You are one of my favorite journalists.

  4. Good article, very impressive how one man could organize a union.
    However I do not like the illustration of a man with a sledgehammer raised to smash a pig with the word Capitalism on the animals side.

    Pigs are one the most exploited by Capitalism animals that there are.
    They are kept in cages all their lives, babies torn from their mothers, and brutally killed.

    Progressive people should be progressive for animal rights as well.
    If you want a symbol of rich capitalists, you can do better than using a poor animal.

    Truly progressive pro-union people should Stop Eating Meat.
    Boycott Meat Now. Eat a Veggie Burger Instead.

    1. Get your head on straight! Maybe you could consider the importance of doing something to help working people instead of blatting on about a caricature of a damned pig. This is yet another, and all too common, issue in this mad society. Americans will spend thousands of dollars to pull a stray dog off a ledge or drag a deer out of a lake, or pule and wring their hands over ‘poor, defenseless’ livestock – all while allowing human beings to starve and rot on the streets. Sure, it’s not a good thing to abuse animals, and such issues should be addressed – but they are a luxury. People need to receive priority. And if you don’t want to eat meat, then don’t eat it – and stop judging other people about it.

      1. I have a crazy thought — how about instead of turning this into the “human vs. animal welfare hunger games” we maybe try to improve the lives of…both? I can support animal welfare AT THE SAME TIME as supporting the welfare of homo sapiens. You know…just multitask it.

    2. I associated Mr Fish’s “pig” with the greedy self-serving characters from Orwell’s “Animal Farm.” Those pigs morphed into fat cats.

      Orwell’s work is typically slavishly analyzed as an allegory for the rise of the Soviet Union but for me it works just as well as a metaphor for the corrupting influence of power in general.

      So, symbolically smashing a fictional pig instead of a human greed-head was perhaps intended to be a gentler image. I could be wrong.

      Your point is well-taken; Mr Fish might have done better on this one.

      Cheers.

      1. Good point. In good western capitalist schools we were taught Orwell was writing about how communism was a restrictive system doomed to collapse. But what Orwell was truly writing about was corruption and absolute power, for the Soviet Union at that point was not much closer to what Marx had written about (certainly in Das Kapital) than Canada. His critique was a system that could have been a democratic socialist country, post-Russian revolution, was usurped by the power of Stalin, and became a totalitarian dictatorship. The notion that Orwell was a corporate capitalist, or advocate of anything close to the plutocracy we have today is absurd.

        A little bit off from pigs as symbols, but I hope someone sees my point. I agree treating animals better overall is unquestionably a good thing, including pigs, but have no qualms with the symbolism. I think most people see that pig in a labor ad and equate it closer to people like Jeff Bezos than they do an actual farm animal.

    1. Stop blaming the victim. So, old person, in a rural community, with no choice to get meds, but through a script company, on-line, but it comes via Amazon dot CIA? Blaming her? I dispise my 2006 van. But, I live in a rural area with zero public transportation that works. Multiply that by 10,000 communities. Airlines are despicable. So my choice is a broken rail system? Trucks all throughout the land — millions, even coming into small neighborhoods? You think I voted for that? You think you can vote with your pocket book? Most felonious companies are banks — the top 10 thieves in the USA, and then BlackRock, and BlackStone? Did I vote to have those thieves manage our USA economy? And, Amazon has contracts with your government and out taxes pay for that thieving outfit. So, buying from Walmart doesn’t make “them,” the citizen consumer, the enemy. Amazon is the enemy. Walmart is the enemy. The Fortune 10,000 companies are the enemy. Capitalism is the enemy. When kids and adults think the world ending is a more serious proposition than the end of capitalism, you know the DNA in the West is screwed up.

    2. For most people, the alternative to getting groceries and other necessities is no better than getting the stuff from Amazon. If you think you’re somehow improving living conditions by driving to and from the big box store rather than having Amazon deliver it to you, think again. The working conditions and pay is no better, and in many cases worse, in the big box retail stores than it is at the Amazon warehouses and for the Amazon delivery drivers.

      Also, if the problem is too many vehicles traveling too many miles, driving to the big box store to get stuff rather than having it delivered sure ain’t the solution. One delivery vehicle traveling to multiple nearby homes is much better than multiple vehicles traveling to and from often far away big box store parking lots, covering acres of landscape. One big ugly Amazon warehouse, without the acres of shopper parking, is much better than multiple big ugly warehouses with ample parking for shoppers and their vehicles.

  5. Excellent. And, alas, I expect a barrage of folk denigrating the piece and Hedges. That is what the rulers love — more than divide and conquer. It is the process of mass delusion, and classifying people as x different than person y and there are no z persons.

    The system is difficult to write about, I am sure, as Chris is not an Amazon worker. He is not living in his mini-van, parked in a neighborhood, praying that the cops won’t ticket that sleeping arrangement. Many of my former clients, in Troutdale and Portland, Oregon, have no chance of getting into any form of housing. One eviction here, bad credit there, and no first, last and middle payment. This is the systems that has always existed, except in the old days it was company town, hovels, and the like. Now, it is the middle men and middle women (multimillionaires) making bank on poverty. Fines, fees, add-ons, penalties, tolls, tickets, late and early payout tributes, taxes, interest rates, mortgage rates, and Shipping and Handling fees. This system of apps and middle managing Eichmanns makes pennies off of each nano-second of one person’s life in a sleeping-awake state. Every moment of one’s life is charged and so add to that billions of people, pennies per nanosecond, and pull out the calculator and see how these felons, these thieves, these heartless human scum make bank on pain.

    Many of my former clients come out of prison, and have to get a felony friendly job. Hard toil. Wet and cold fruit chopping factories. Twelve hour shifts. The chance of housing is nill. Getting people to find friends and family for a couch, that is what I had to do many times. And, then, if they are renting, the landlords come knocking with their threats of eviction.

    This is a system that works? Come on. Capitalism as Inflammatory Disease. The Weathering of Black Men. The fenceline communities. The off-loading of pollution to poor communities. Bad schools, bad water, bad food, bad medicine, bad thinking.

    And, so, let the complainers fire away at Hedges. That seems to be the routine. And, folks, I am a journalist left of left, and I am a communist, for sure, so Chris and I are not bosom buddies, that way, but respect, man, respect for this column of his.

    Here is an amazing person I wrote about:

    https://www.discoverourcoast.com/oregon-coast-today/columnists/a-real-life-toxic-avenger/article_d58acffe-a4d7-11e9-af18-9334354e2cd6.html

    And here is a woman who I helped get out of Oregon and a bad relationship, and the names have been changed, but the woman above, is that old lady who helped.

    https://dissidentvoice.org/2022/04/everyday-is-domestic-violence-awareness-day-not-just-a-week-in-october/

    The realities of small town USA.

  6. Notice lots of lords (sic) of war commenting here at Scheer Report. Ex-military who believe they are superior to all who did not sell out to become mercenaries in USA’s uniformed murder services.

    Here you go a real hero worth ten million mercenaries….

    On April 3, the day before his murder, King returns to Memphis to deliver the now famous I’ve Been To The Mountain Top speech, arguably one of the most profound and prophetic sermons of his life. In the speech, King seemingly prophesizes his own death: “Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned with that now.” King had spent months of exhaustive travel, crisscrossing America, fighting for the rights and dignity of poor people of all colors. This issue, the defense of the poor and their dignity, has always been problematic: the unification of the poor and demands for social-justice have historically stood as a threat to the establishment in the United States.

    MLK and his movement of non-violent-civil-disobedience had come to symbolize that very threat. In fact, the movement demanded that Pres. Lyndon Baines Johnson end the Vietnam War and use the money domestically, by giving it to those that need it the most: America’s poor. MLK quickly becomes, in the eyes of America’s power elite, i.e., government officials and American business interests, a very dangerous man. In 1964, LBJ, under pressure from MLK and his movement, ends segregation with the Civil Rights Act and institutes a Voting Rights Act in 1965. That said, under both the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI tracks King’s every movement for years, up until the moment of his death.

  7. We are unsure. For an historical moment hardly ever repeats itself.

    The epoch that gave us workers” unions were informed by unique social forces prevailing at the time.

    Those forces included the presence of the Soviet Union and the fear held by the West that poor and working people will follow suit.

    This writer is unconvinced that those or a similar set of forces would so align even within the most hopeful view about the future.

    It is us who must take responsibility for allowing the oligarchs to entirely roll back all the gains from the pre-1945 period.

    A period when the USA had a wide range of progressive force, on the left. That architecture does not currently exist. Only in circimstances of a total collapsing empire might there be a chance.

    Therefore we must most humbly submit that the Great Mother never throws up the same ecosystem twice, nowhere within the natural world.

  8. As bad as working conditions are at Amazon, they pale in comparison with over the road truck drivers. Low, low pay, living in a small box while constantly being filmed and monitered, pushed by their dispatchers to keep rolling, urinating and defecating on the side of the road (and risking arrest if seen), sleeping in the truck in dangerous areas, being harassed by state troopers who are being pushed to maintain a “quota” of safety inspections, being forced to drive unsafe equipment with the threat of termination if not complied with, being tied to the truck 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, starting times sometimes at 2AM, then the following day starting at 4PM, then the next day starting at 9AM and so on, away from home months at a time, working up to 100 hours a week (even with DOT hours of service rules) etc. etc…….. and all this for a whopping $500.00-$950.00 per week.

  9. I would like to become a paid subscriber but only if there is no automatic renewal. Is it possible to subscribe for one year and have the subscription automatically stop?

    1. I am not sure if that setting is available on Patreon, which is a third-party service provider, but it should be! In any case, you can cancel anytime before the first of the next month, when it takes your donation.

  10. I have always found it amazing, that lower management is always on board with the idea of strike breaking for fear of losing their jobs. When I was employed, retired now with a pension and health insurance all a product of a union, they used to say I hope you win . Because if you win I win, (lol, they get the raise)! All the while they were doing our job to keep the company running. The same can be said of the lawyers and politicians, they all benefit from breaking the backs of the worker the persons actually making it all possible!WOKERS UNITE!!!

  11. Labor and the Birthing process of the concept of Labors Organization?

    Let’s not get too carried away, too soon! The actual historical facts on the ground are telling of a very different, brutal and shameful story.

    If the workers, whose backs the elites have broken over the course of this time is any indication, then to claim we are civilized, is yet another ludicrousness societal self-delusion.

    Let’s face it, the most powerful Union in the land is, in fact, the U.S. Congress, with a strictly limited membership of 535 of the select, who, according to past custom, as soon as they’re sworn-in, begin to see themselves as just one of the chosen elites, turning the tables on the workers whose interests they were elected to represent; rather obsequiously acknowledging which side their bread is buttered; serving the interests of the capital owning classes who subsidize them.

    Access to the best healthcare is but one of their perks, denied the rest of us in the land, although we the people, their employer, subsidize this benefit.

    Sen. Bernard Sanders (B.S.), being the rhetorical Cheerleader for Team Middle Class, may not be in the top 1% of the richest, but he is definitely in the top 1% of the forked tongue swindling class.
    From honorable democratic socialist to yet one more sell-out of the potential cooperative endeavors of the many, in order to keep his long-established career going; fronting for the one organization – the regime of power payout.

    At this inflection point, does the populace need one such as he, to keep reminding us of the statistics of the ransacking and plunder of the ‘publics’ coffers’ taking place with such unabashed gusto and betrayal, these days, rather than actively changing the system from within its fundament on up?
    From the bottom up, democratically, rather than from the top down, hierarchically.

    Sen. B*** S*** (or bait and switch, if preferred) had his opportunity to show his true colors in the 2016 quadrennial election circus; and he most certainly did! He further entrenched himself in the ‘demockratic’ party, as an apparatchik, who we now must contend with as one of our Congressional representatives.
    Could things really have become anything more than business as usual, given the not-so-super-structure of the system?
    Had this man won the presidency, in the year 2016, would anything be different in the financial statistics today than they were way back then, when union membership for the laboring classes was in its heyday; the glaring disparities of which exist today that he so loves to cite?

    The legislative processes of Congress are nothing more than a microcosm of the macrocosmic plutocratic, capitalist corporate structure of the society.

    “And that’s the way it is”! And what a Cro(n)kite of S*** it still is!
    Speaking, unsolicited, on behalf of all voiceless: oh… but we the people do love our country! It’s the exceptionally greedy “despicable’s” of the “Uniparty” who are stealing it from under our noses that we abhor.

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