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

Are Times so Bad That Jobs in Iraq Look Good?

Dec 17, 2007

The Army held a job fair in Warren, Michigan, just outside Detroit. They offered civilian contract jobs paying $136,000 to $212,000 a year.

Of course, the jobs are in Iraq and require 12-hour days, seven days a week for a year.

Still, six hundred people showed up to apply. The long hours didn’t bother one worker who came from 60 miles away to apply. He said, “I’m already doing that at Delphi!”

Marceilos Davis, a Detroit resident who works two jobs to bring home $50,000 said, “That’s a no-brainer. The neighborhood I live in, it’s no different than Iraq. I’m not scared.”

How far has the working class been pulled down that the chance to get killed appears like an opportunity?