Revolution approaches. We must stand in solidarity for freedom and happiness.
Society does not depend today upon the capitalist exploiters but upon the working people, they oppress and exploit. If these workers lay down their tools and folder arms then production stops. But if every stockholder did nothing, the workers in the manufacturing plants could continue to turn out products for everyone to use.
The worker who now operates a lathe can direct a machine shop tomorrow and an entire industry the day after. It can be done collectively by organised workers in socialism, who will own, organise and operate industry by means of democratic councils. They will then produce not for the enrichment of a few but for the enjoyment of all. The capitalist rulers try in every way to keep workers from gaining this understanding.
We workers are robbed as producers, robbed of the surplus labour, of the surplus value which the capitalist divide among themselves as profits, rent, interest. The bosses want “cheap government” and view the state bureaucracy as gangsters who rob the robbers with a protection racket called taxation. They want the support of the working class to curtail its expenses by attempting to shift the tax burden to the other sections of their class. In this struggle to hold up profits each section of the capitalists wants the other section to pay the tax, yet each section wants to dictate to the political office boys what to do. The financiers desire to push the burden on the shoulders of the industrialists and the industrialists would like to place the taxes on the landlords, who all hope to shift it to the small capitalist. When the capitalist thieves fight each other they want us to help them. We workers would be more than foolish to help one section of the capitalist gang against another section on the question of spending budgets war, taxes or any other struggle. The capitalist bandits as a whole rob the workers and feud over the division of the spoils. It is not our problem. Rather, our problem is to expropriate the expropriators. Our main struggle must be at the point of production.