The Spark

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

Lying to Survive …

Oct 28, 2013

Just after young Leonarda’s deportation set off such a strong feeling of condemnation and injustice among high school students, the media continuously repeated one particular piece of information: the young girl’s father had lied about the birthplaces of his wife and children.

Why is it surprising, or even abnormal, that the use of false declarations, falsified papers, etc. should be almost required today for people trying to pass through the net of immigration? If there were no obstacles to the circulation of workers, there would be no “illegal” workers. The laws and regulations form such roadblocks that they prevent workers from simply living a normal life. In a similar sense, because the search for a job is such a bureaucratic obstacle course, unemployed workers often record an unpaid internship or volunteer work as a paying job or try to appear younger on their résumé as they get closer to their fiftieth birthday.

But small lies cannot replace a collective fight: the need to make a fight for jobs for every worker. They are only a way to get through the system, and more and more often just to survive. In any case, they have nothing in common with the lies told by politicians like Valls, Hollande, Copé, and Sarkozy, who have deliberately deceived and continue to deceive millions of workers.