Wednesday, August 10, 2011


If the consumer has not the will to make common cause with the worker – specifically, the willingness to spend more in acquiring less when such transactions are necessary to ensure that workers are able to earn sufficient wages to feed and shelter their families – then no other force on Earth can protect labor. A poverty of self-governance is no foundation for a popularly-elected government to build the onerous restrictions on business and trade that would be needed.

Is there any other delusion so cruel as imagining that reform of democracy – or worse, revolution – could compensate for a so basic a failure of brotherhood? Perhaps yes: the belief that free markets among selfish men might yield a condition of virtue.

1 comment:

peggy hong said...

so true. our lack of self-governance and failure to prioritize mutual good means that the elected government can oppress the people.

however a revolution based on sister/brotherhood. ie building community, self-governance, reducing needs and consumption together, can be successful. see grace lee boggs The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the 21st Century.

reform of the current system of government and electoral politics will NOT save us. only we can save ourselves by community-building based on mutual good, not profit.