The Few who Possess the Means of Livelihood

“The few own the many because they possess the means of livelihood of all … The country is governed for the richest, for the corporations, the bankers, the land speculators, and for the exploiters of labor. The majority of mankind are working people. So long as their fair demands – the ownership and control of their livelihoods – are set at naught, we can have neither men’s rights nor women’s rights. The majority of mankind is ground down by industrial oppression in order that the small remnant may live in ease.”

Helen Keller, Rebel Lives: Helen Keller

10 responses to “The Few who Possess the Means of Livelihood”

  1. An honest look at the “robber barons” of HK’s day tells a different story. Yes, some we’re greedy and dishonest–Jay Gould for one example, but others were hailed in their day for creating products that made the lives of working people better. Commodore Vanderbilt was extremely popular and Carnegie and Rockefeller were considered excellent bosses. If the government and socialists had let capitalism play out without interference more jobs would have been created. The same holds true today. The union movement actually interfered with the wage gains and better working conditions big industry was already being forced to make.

    The reason the big corporations do as they like is because the government helps them (too big to fail). The same is true for our pathetic education system– Catholic Schools used to be highly regarded until they started taking government subsidies.

    Taking from the rich to “give” to the poor has never really worked out. The war on poverty continues and I have to wonder if it wasn’t just a scam from the start.

    The only victory socialism has given the world is complete intolerance for hard work and free speech.

    When will we realize that there will never be a day when we all turn good and hold hands and share all that we own? Private property has always been a stabilizing force. “Sharing” is a dream and usually when it is forced turns into a violent nightmare. Rich or poor, people are terribly flawed and at times terribly good, but no earthly system will change that.


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