The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Let’s Talk about “Looting”

Jun 15, 2020

Some politicians are lamenting what they call “looting” during the protests. In fact, they exaggerate greatly. But since they raise it, let’s talk about looting.

Why have these same politicians said nothing against the outright robbery carried out against the laboring population? Is it really possible they haven’t noticed what the biggest thieves have been doing for years?

Landlords like the Trump family made their first billions by charging extortionate rent on vermin-infested apartments; the Kennedys simply “invested” in such real estate.

Respectable bankers like Chase, and mortgage brokers like Quicken Loans, structured mortgages designed to trap unwary householders.

Companies like Microsoft and Apple became the wealthiest in the country by establishing communication systems that require vastly overpriced phones and computer material.

Small shopkeepers may not make much of a living for themselves, but they are the vehicle through which big distributions chains dump less than decent quality, sometimes really bad quality, food in neighborhoods that have no other choice than the small stores.

And just look at the BILLIONS handed out to banks and big corporations in the COVID-19 bailout! Talk about looting!

This is a society organized around theft. Ultimately, it boils down to the theft of value that every worker produces through their labor.