Sunday, 3 October 2010

Enslavement; time to escape...


Today in Birmingham the Tories open their conference, which may  mark a turning point in the smooth-ride the Con Dem coalition has thus-far received. Now all the party conferences’ run very much along the same lines in the same fashion these days as stage managed events. They have very little to do with democracy, internal or otherwise. But that’s not what interests me about this particular gathering.

For quite a while now, I have been wondering about the organisation that has called itself ‘the right to work’. They tomorrow are staging a March and Demonstration around the general vicinity of the conference, and it is my understanding that many from cities and towns up and down the country will be participating. And we unfeignedly say, good luck and hope that the weather is kind to you all; there is nothing more uncomfortable and miserable than having travelled miles, got up at the crack-of-dawn and then to tramp around the streets in pouring rain, whilst the local constabulary do their level best to keep you away from conference. I know this, for I have been on many a demonstration staged at the governing political party’s conference, and in the pouring rain.

Well let’s not beat about the bush here, what I really want to groan on about is the name, slogan ‘the right to work’. Now no prizes, this is a SWP front it has all the hallmarks of confirmation; for me that’s not the problem, for if they can get people out on the streets and campaign against the government and the austerity program, then good on them.

But let’s get real; what short of a slogan is ‘the right to work’.

I mean did the slaves of Rome stage a demonstration when they were told that their services would no longer be needed? If anything Spartacus would have a thing or so to say about it. His struggle and that of the slaves, often seen as oppressed people fighting for their freedom against a slave-owning aristocracy, has found new meaning for modern writers since the 19th century. The rebellion of Spartacus has proven inspirational to many modern literary and political writers, making Spartacus a folk hero among cultures both ancient and modern.

So I am going to suggest that ‘the right to work’ slogan is really unreasonable and very inappropriate – it puts working people down as being wage slaves, and without an end!”

And please; I am not wishing to be sectarian, this is a political argument of great importance. No one works because (although some do) we really want this form a choice; we work because we have too. And look at what’s happing now; they the government and the boss class want us to work until we drop. Sounds and feels like we are a slave class?”

And don't forget soon we will be made to work for our benefits - that's slavery, the state of being under control!"    

2 comments:

Chris H said...

I don't really know if we only work because we have to? When I was unemployed I took on a volunteer role in a charity shop. I loved doing it. Being with people, doing something worthy, it's not to be sniffed at.

I think the problem with all the talk about work is that people don't really understand. The knee-jerk reaction you hear is about getting the spongers off the dole into doing something useful. But useful for who? The ConDems talk about making it more beneficial to be in work than in receipt of benefits. But beneficial for who? In both cases we are talking about benefit for the capitalist in getting labour at such a low cost that the surplus value they retain is maximised. What we are seeing is a re-jigging of society and the financial and benefits systems that mximise profit fr the capitalist. It's the old 'crumbs from the master's table thing'.

The solution lies not in tinkering with a system but tearing down the system so it can't rise again.

The real question is how!

Norbert said...

"The solution lies not in tinkering with a system but tearing down the system so it can't rise again."

I am with you comrade!"

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