“While many decry the scourge of undocumented immigrants taking jobs from Americans, they rarely address their anger at the businesses that hire those immigrants, businesses whose low prices may depend on the low wages they pay.
“What you end up with when you have a group of workers who are relegated to a second-class status is it stimulates a race to the bottom where some employers, the unscrupulous employers, prefer to hire those workers precisely because they’re exploitable,” Beardall said.
And so often, those exploitable workers are undocumented immigrants.”
The phrase “equalisation of classes” placed in the context of the political, economic and social equalisation of individuals obviously implies the abolition of classes. The logic is simple. If both worker and capitalist shared the same economic and social position then wage labour would not exist (in fact, it would be impossible as it is based on social and economic inequality) and so class society would not exist. Similarly, if the tenant and the landlord were socially equal then the landlord would have no power over the tenant, which would be impossible. Bakunin agreed with Marx on the ambiguity of the term and the Alliance changed its Programme to call for “the final and total abolition of classes and the political, economic and social equalisation of individuals of either sex.” [Bakunin, Op. Cit. p. 174] This change ensured the admittance of the Alliance sections into the International Workingmen’s Association (although this did not stop Marx, like his followers, bringing up this “mere slip of the pen” years later).
A caveat: this article (which is included below) was written in 2013 and her name is now Chelsea Manning, not Bradley.
Chelsea revealed that:
–There is an official policy to ignore torture in Iraq.
–Guantanamo prison has held mostly innocent people and low-level operatives.
-There is an official tally of civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan.
–U.S. Military officials withheld information about the indiscriminate killing of Reuters journalists and innocent Iraqi civilians.
–The State Department backed corporate opposition to a Haitian minimum wage law.
–The U.S. Government had long been faking its public support for Tunisian President Ben Ali.
–Known Egyptian torturers received training from the FBI in Quantico, Virginia.
–The State Department authorized the theft of the UN Secretary General’s DNA. Signed by Hillary Clinton.
–The Japanese and U.S. Governments had been warned about the seismic threat at Fukushima.
–The Obama Administration allowed Yemen’s President to cover up a secret U.S. drone bombing campaign.
What Bradley Manning Revealed
“The 1930s sit down strikes represented the apogee of working class power in the U.S. That trade unions did not oppose Fansteel revealed their own fear that sit-downs would erode their external bureaucratic influence as representatives who delivered labor peace and cordial industrial relations to management (mass sit-down actions in factories led to the U.S. Supreme Court opinion in NLRB v. Fansteel Metallurgical Corporation in 1939, which circumscribed workers’ rights gained legislatively by effectively banning the sit down occupation of factories).
Subsequently, unions went further to eviscerate member power through the World War II no-strike pledge and the purging of left-led unions that ensued after the passage of the 1949 Taft-Hartley Act. Devoid of militancy and ideology, labor unions grew increasingly irrelevant in the private sector due to worker cynicism and distrust of labor leaders, and by the early twenty-first century had been rendered almost inconsequential.
From 1940 onward, the vast majority of workers had few alternatives but to conform to repressive laws and embrace the propaganda of capitalist logic.”