Sunday, September 5, 2010

Caveat Lectores on Thoughts in Celebration of Labor Day

Here is the Caveat Lectores annual message for Labor Day. The simple truth is that no matter what we do, we are all laborers in one manner or the other. Please note that President Jimmy Carter is the only person in the group below who is still with us. We need some new heroes for labor to follow. The old guard has nearly disappeared.

Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if Labor had not first existed. Labor is superior to capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.1 With all their faults, trade unions have done more for humanity than any other organization of men that ever existed. They have done more for decency, for honesty, for education, for the betterment of the race, for the developing of character in men, than any other association of men.2 Every advance in this half-century -- Social Security, civil rights, Medicare, aid to education, one after another - came with the support and leadership of American Labor.3 It is one of the characteristics of a free and democratic nation to have free and independent labor unions.4

Only a fool would try to deprive working men and working women of their right to join the union of their choice.5 If capitalism is fair then unionism must be. If men have a right to capitalize their ideas and the resources of their country, then that implies the right of men to capitalize their labor.6 In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, as 'right-to-work.' It provides no 'rights' and no 'works.' Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining.…7

If you are making a decent salary in a non-union company, you owe that to the unions. One thing that corporations do not do is give out money out of the goodness of their hearts.8 If hard work were such a wonderful thing, surely the rich would have kept it all to themselves.9

The words of...1 Abraham Lincoln, 2 Clarence Darrow, 3 Jimmy Carter, 4 Franklin D. Roosevelt, 5 Dwight D. Eisenhower, 6 Frank Lloyd Wright, 7 Martin Luther King, Jr., 8 Molly Ivins, 9 Lane Kirkland

And oh yes, have a nice Day?

Caveat Lectores by Jeff Carnes

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