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From slaves to proletarians

By Anton

Things evolve. The ape into the man, the dinosaur into the bird, and so on; slavery has also evolved and adapted.

The whip has been replaced by lowered wages, and the motive to work has changed from not getting food to not getting money. Slavery with a human face, to say (I’m sure we’re all familiar with the socialism with a human face of the cold war).
The enemy is a clever and cunning one as they have convinced us that we are free, that we are not slaves. As before, one can accumulate enough money to buy their freedom.

But what are the differences between slaves and proletarians? The slave sold himself once. Once he was sold, he was guaranteed shelter, food, et cetera.
The proletarian sells themselves hourly and daily, and is not guaranteed work, or food, or shelter.
You are a slave, I am a slave, we are slaves; the only way to end our slavery to the bourgeoisie is to smash the system that enforces the slavery upon us- capitalism.

Go and read Bakunin, Kropotkin, Marx, Engels, Berkman and all the other brilliant leftists out there, and realise the exploitation that is going on around you.

Daily Headline – 13/02/13

UK; Forced labour scheme ‘unlawful’

British DWP flagThe right-wing coalition’s ‘work-for-your-benefits’ scheme has been deemed unlawful and a breach of human rights by judges following a court case brought about by an unemployed graduate forced to work for free at Poundand.

Mandatory Work Activity Scheme (MWAS)

MWAS came into effect in June 2011 which meant that anyone wanting to claim unemployment benefits must work up to 30 hours a week for a month for free.

It is expected that following the court case the government with civil servants will try to patch up the scheme in an effort to make it legal. Anything to keep free, forced labour going.

The right-wing loves slavery!