Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Unemployment: A Report Card for Capitalism

Marx suggests in his articles for the Neue Rheinische Zeitung collected as Class Struggles in France, 1848-1850 that the first order of business for the working class is to secure jobs, “but behind the right to work stands the power over capital; behind the power over capital, the appropriation of the means of production, their subjection to the associated working class and, therefore, the abolition of wage labour, of capital and of their mutual relations." It is through the struggle for a place in the capitalist system-- however lowly-- that the means for survival are won and the conditions are met for further challenges to the dominance of capital and even the very system of capitalism. But in a system of private appropriation and with labor as a commodity, life for those without capital begins with securing employment.

Because labor is a commodity, because labor must be a commodity in order for an economic formation to be capitalist, the right to a job cannot be enshrined in a capitalist constitution. Only socialist countries have or can endow everyone with the right to a job.

Continue reading at ZZ's Blog 

JG: Capitalist constitutions only protect the ruling capitalist elites. In the USA you will not find in their capitalist constitution a right to have a roof over your head. Only the fools of the capitalist Democratic and Republican parties believe in the USA "constitution." 


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