The Spark

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

Productivity gains show us the money

May 13, 2002

Productivity of factory workers is rising enormously. Today it takes only three workers to produce what four workers did six years ago. This fantastic increase would open up all kinds of ways to improve our lives – IF capitalism divided out the fruits of labor according to what we all contribute as its apologists claim.

Each worker could have another day off from work each week, for example, even while our weekly pay could be increased enough to improve our standard of living. Why not?

Technically, it’s possible. We produce the wealth that could let it happen. What holds it back is the grip the bosses have today on everything we produce.

Their hands need to be forced open.