I've been reading about Socialism and Communism for awhile now. I know the terms are scary to some, as many of us were raised to fear the USSR and other countries that labeled their government Communist, but after reading about it and coming to understand what it means to be Communist, I won't hide that I agree with it entirely. Now, by labeling myself as a Socialist/Communist, it should go without saying that I don't agree with everything that has happened in the name of Communism.
Some quotes from U.S. history-
"(Article) 16. That an enormous Proportion of Property vested in a few Individuals is dangerous to the Rights, and destructive of the Common Happiness, of Mankind; and therefore every free State hath a Right by its laws to discourage the Possession of such Property."
- Ben Franklins first draft of the Pennsylvania's Declaration of Rights, written in 1776. It was rejected by the Assembly.
"In your letter to Fisk, you have fairly stated the alternatives between we must chose: 1, licentious commerce and gambling speculations for a few, with eternal war for many; or, 2, restricted commerce, peace and steady occupations for all."
- Thomas Jefferson
"It has indeed been a trying hour for the Republic; but I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war."
- President Lincoln, and also this:
"And inasmuch as most good things are produced by labor, it follows that all such things of right belong to those whose labor produced them. But it has so happened, in all ages of the world, that some have labored, and others have without labor enjoyed a large portion of the fruits. This is wrong, and should not continue. To secure to each laborer the whole product of his labor, or as nearly as possible, is a worthy object of any good government"
labor union has always held that labor is entitled to all it creates. I can't agree more! Here's their mission statement:
The Mission Statement of the Industrial Workers of the World
The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of the working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things of life.
Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the means of production, abolish the wage system, and live in harmony with the Earth.
We find that the centering of the management of industries into fewer and fewer hands makes the trade unions unable to cope with the ever growing power of the employing class. The trade unions foster a state of affairs which allows one set of workers to be pitted against another set of workers in the same industry, thereby helping defeat one another in wage wars. Moreover, the trade unions aid the employing class to mislead the workers into the belief that the working class have interests in common with their employers.
These conditions can be changed and the interest of the working class upheld only by an organization formed in such a way that all its members in any one industry, or in all industries if necessary, cease work whenever a strike or lockout is on in any department thereof, thus making an injury to one an injury to all.
Instead of the conservative motto, "A fair day's wage for a fair day's work," we must inscribe on our banner the revolutionary watchword, "Abolition of the wage system."
It is the historic mission of the working class to do away with capitalism. The army of production must be organized, not only for everyday struggle with capitalists, but also to carry on production when capitalism shall have been overthrown. By organizing industrially we are forming the structure of the new society within the shell of the old.
There was a time when that mission statement sounded extreme and radical to me, but upon further learning, it's come to be my common sense.
I really started this thread just for the poll, cause I'm curious. I figured I throw in some history too.