Our Power Lies In Our Unity

Jan 25, 2015

The new year brings another dismal picture for working people. While there is a “slight uptick” in the employment data, the deeper truth is that proportionately fewer workers are on the job today that at any time in decades. The hundreds of thousands of jobs that were added each month have been underpaid, mostly part-time, seasonal. The standard of living for most workers has been reduced and wages have not grown in spite of record profits by Wall Street bankers and bosses.

Hardest hit over the past year have been public workers. With wage and benefit cuts, pension cuts, attacks spreading across the country – they bear the brunt of the government’s giveaway to corporations in the form of tax breaks or outright donations of land and property.

In the midst of a situation that requires the working class to fight back, the right wing is trying to drag workers into false solutions to the problems we face.

Right-wing appeals differ, depending on what section of the population is being addressed. But the political approach is the same: to divide one part of the working class from another, to turn us against each other.

Most openly, the right wing promotes discrimination against women and against any possibility for them to choose whether to have children. The religious right has already jeopardized women’s access to abortion and even birth control in most states in the union by legally forcing facilities to close and by threatening the lives and well-being of doctors and other health care workers. Poor working women are the ones who pay the biggest price for these terrorist attacks, which deprive them of medical facilities.

The right wing attacks immigrant workers. In doing so, they hope to attract the support of workers who have been in this country longer, and make them believe that the newer workers are taking their jobs – when nothing could be further from the truth. The immigrant workers didn’t speed up lines, cut jobs, force two workers to do what three workers did yesterday. The capitalists did.

And the oldest and most virulent of right-wing poison is to encourage racism and the violence it engenders. In the past few years, we have seen one murder after another of unarmed young black men – as young as 12 years old – with the murdering cops paying no legal penalty. To justify this violence – this terrorism – the right wing media spews out the most despicably false propaganda against the whole black population.

The right-wing actively works to pit one section of the working class against another. It encourages every bigotry and prejudice available to keep workers from uniting to address the falling standard of living and the attacks on their persons and their neighborhoods.

Finally, the leaders of both Democratic and Republican parties continue to focus on getting the ordinary people in this country to blame the poor in other countries for our troubles. They try to enlist us to support their wars directed at controlling the wealth of other countries. The working people in the countries where the U.S. carries out wars are victims of the U.S. ruling class. They are not enemies of the working class.

The workers and the poor around the world suffer under an international capitalist system that benefits a small minority at the expense of the majority. It siphons off and diverts wealth away from the needs of the world’s population.

There will be no answer for working people, no remedy to the ills this system breeds until the working class takes up the fight again, until it fights in its own name to take back this wealth. That fight requires us to understand who our real enemies are – and they are not among our fellow workers, in this country or anywhere else in the world.

The enemy we have to fight is the capitalist class in this country, the enemy that fattens itself on our labor, our very lives.