The fundamental contradiction of our society is between capital and labour. No matter what you care about: ecocide, the arts, our food supply, social justice, your children and grandchildren’s futures, wages, our lakes and rivers, our air, water and soil, poverty – you name it – the people destroying/creating these conditions are capitalists.
Capitalists reproduce themselves by extracting surplus value from our work. To put any pressure on capitalists we have to do so where it hurts – their bottom line. We have to threaten their existence the way they threaten ours. To do this we have to orient our struggles around the fundamental contradiction.
The fundamental contradiction only matters if we want to be effective in our struggles. If we just want to feel better about our conditions, or the conditions of others, no strategy is necessary. You can stop reading this and get back to whatever makes you feel better. But feel good activism is not getting us anywhere in terms of protecting the things we care about, the things we value.
Effectiveness is our collective right and our best chance at saving/creating any of the things we care about is to orient our struggles around the fundamental contradiction between capitalists and workers.
Capitalists have had more than enough chances to redeem themselves. They’re a despicable and ruthless class. Workers must organize and fight for their own interests and they have to do it where the fundamental contradiction is expressed most sharply, in their workplaces. To that end, we're interviewing workers and documenting their struggles in a monthly publication.
So far, the workers we have interviewed have all wanted to remain anonymous. This is understandable. Over the course of this publication, we hope the level of anonymity desired will decrease as the level of militancy in our community increases. Fear of harassment, discipline and termination is a serious obstacle for workers and needs to be overcome. We may have to get creative and start organizing in each other’s workplaces to get around this. We will see.
We hope the interviews will help identify trends
in management tactics and build interconnectivity and solidarity among
workers. If you’re a worker and you’d like to share the struggles in your
workplace with others, get in touch with us here: firstname.lastname@example.org