*“As long as he owns your tools he owns your job, and if he owns your job he is the master of your fate. You are in no sense a free man. You are subject to his interest and to his will. He decides whether you shall work or not. Therefore, he decides whether you shall live or die. And in that humiliating position any one who tries to persuade you that you are a free man is guilty of insulting your intelligence.” *
― Eugene V. Debs
When workers fight, workers win. It is an absolute shame that this statement even needs to be made. The workers in the 1900s, 1910s and 1920s knew this truth. Why don’t the workers know it now?
Eugene Debs went to prison several times in his fight for workers rights and his antiwar advocacy. Is it possible today that the workers are too comfortable? Are the workers not dedicated enough to risk prison and physical injury at the hands of the Pinkertons? Or is it just plain apathy?
I can remember as a kid that the local newspaper had a regular labor reporter with a daily published column. How many newspapers today devote this much effort and expense to the working class? The bulk of the articles in newspapers today center around politics or financial news (i.e. stock market, etc.) with only minute coverage on issues affecting the working class.
The only way I am able to stay on top of labor issues today is to subscribe to wsws.org and labornotes.org.
At this point in time, the ruling elites (political and capitalist) have won the battle. This will only change when the working class (as a majority group) decides to take back the power that is ours.
When workers fight, workers win!