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

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Blues

Nov 27, 2023

This year, big business hyped Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as they always do. Instead of lining up at stores, workers spent hours on the internet looking for a deal. A larger number of working-class families wound up at thrift stores and resale stores to try to get the lowest-price gifts for friends and family, especially for children.

In spite of all the “happy Biden talk” about a good economy, the labor force participation rate has decreased—that is, the percentage of permanently unemployed has gone up. It’s hard to afford basics like food and shelter if you have burned through credit; a little extra for the holidays just isn’t there.

Stores “offer discounts” on already jacked-up prices, and banks increase credit card interest rates. So, many of us are taking on extra work—including low-paying, seasonal jobs and extra hours that retailers and shipping companies offer during the holiday season.

Somebody is saying, “Ho, Ho, Ho,” but it sure ain’t the workers!