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“Labor” Day!!!

In business as in life there is labor and there is capital.

Labor is us; it is “we the people” made famous and integral by the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States.

Capital is simply, brutal. Capital has largely remained in the same hands for at least a millennia. Capital is power and if you have learned anything from reading my blog it is that, “Regardless who possesses it, power does not give. Power does not share. Power does not relent. There is no such thing as a bloodless revolution. There is no such thing as the peaceful transition of power, only its illusion. Power corrupts. It doesn’t matter whether that truth is at the micro or macro level. That’s a promise.”

The lust for power is never ending. It is a lust that transcends contrived, make-believe national borders. It is a lust shared by some members of all races, genders, religions and tribes. If there is anything to “natural selection” then the lust for power is in the DNA of everything---and power demands the status quo. It demands the status quo because only the status quo insures that the money stays but in a very few hands.

Capital largely creates “public policy.” In and of itself that is hypocritical and like the term “right to work” egregiously disingenuous.

While you’re enjoying the day off it may be easy to ignore the meaning of the day. This is especially true in a Southern state hostile to things like freedom, tolerance and worker’s rights. In Texas and at least 21 other states it’s known as by the greatly and confusingly misnamed and egregiously disingenuous title as a “right to work” state.

“Right to work” is Euro-Anglo-Jew speak for the right of the oligarchs to abuse labor. The only right in a “right to work” state is the right of employers to fire a worker for no reason at all. In Texas workers have absolutely no rights with but one or two exceptions.

On the extra day off at the end of a long weekend it is easy to ignore what the day is really all about. It may be even more difficult to think about just how it is the day came about or why it exists at all while you’re busy enjoying "a day off"--but you should think about it. Thank liberals, unions and Democrats without whom you would be at work making more money for the one-percent.

Because we don’t think about it---the oligarchs have managed to reclaim more than the combined efforts of Samuel Gompers and Franklin Delano Roosevelt managed to wrest from the petty, selfish, oppressive oligarchs.

Put another way, look at all the history you like and show me what benefits the GOPers (Republicans), Ayn Rand or Ann Coulter (or the three combined) have given Americans. I'll save you some time----none. Instead the one-percent "patriots" take their money to other countries as they have since before the Revolution.

Notwithstanding, enjoy what little remains of the heroic efforts of Gompers, Roosevelt and countless caring, unselfish, self-sacrificing folk----Labor Day.

Labor day: Honoring Labor in the South

From Facing South, the online magazine of the Institute for Southern Studies.

“The Southern states were more hostile to unions, however, and after Congress adopted the Taft-Hartley Act in 1947, giving states the authority to pass so-called right-to-work laws, the measures were quickly enacted in nearly all of the states in the South. The laws prohibit unions from making membership or payment of dues a condition of employment, either before or after a worker is hired; today, 22 states have some form of right-to-work provision in their labor codes. The laws have had a profound effect on the labor movement's ability to organize workers on a truly nationwide basis, restricting union growth across the South and the Sun Belt region.

Without unions to advocate for their interests, Freedom House finds that U.S. workers -- especially in the South -- face greater intimidation and retaliation from their employers, including threats to fire employees or close down plants if workers attempt to organize.

The threats to labor rights in the South also have a direct impact on the bottom line of working families. Nationally, workers in unions earn about 27% more than their non-union counterparts. While 81% of union workers have health care, only 50% of those without unions do. And 72% of unionized employees have a guaranteed pension, compared to only 15% of those without.

And contrary to the business-funded "research" that flooded the media during the Employee Free Choice Act debate last year, unions aren't a drag on the economy. A new study by Hofstra statistician Lonnie Stevans found that there was virtually no difference in employment rates and business investment when comparing states with and without "right to work" laws.

But Stevans did find some key differences: States with "right to work" laws do have lower wages and per-capita income, and the income of business owners is higher. Indeed, nine of the 10 states with the lowest median income are in the South.” It is a slave-state legacy; "…Southern demagogues, intolerant and vengeful...."

From Texas Red: a cratered landscape of for profit prisons, a deplorable apartheid public education system, lack of healthcare and politicians and majority voting population intent on keeping it that way…

Hasta Siempre,

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