“That these Unions contribute greatly to nourish the bitter hatred of the workers against the property-holding class need hardly be said.”
– Frederick Engels, Condition of the Working Class in England: Labor Movements, 1845.
Engels, co-writer of The Communist Manifesto, was Karl Marx’s long-time friend who had assisted in the development of Historical Materialism, a decisive theory of historiography which included the dialectic of economic transformation. The premise of this dialectic stated that in order to overthrow the dominant class subordinate people must become aware of their oppression. In other words, by inciting a class war designed to corrupt and overthrow any sense of capitalism and production, the proletariat would cause massive disruption that would force the bourgeois to fall.
The methodology for this determination was through the removal of the individual from a society, replaced by a collectivism of the proletariat (labor class) to fight and overthrow the bourgeois (capitalists). Unions were the ideal vehicle to create an uprising of workers against their employers.
Engels further wrote, “I have shown in a hundred ways in the foregoing pages, and could have shown in a hundred others, that, in our present society, he can save his manhood only in hatred and rebellion against the bourgeoisie.”
Currently, in the United States, there are approximately 14.8M workers in both the public and private sectors that hold union memberships. 37% all public workers, with local government workers holding a total rate of 43.2%; and 6.9% of private sector workers, with transportation and utilities, and construction holding 36.1% of those workers, according to the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Two unions this month have incited major disruptions in travel and commerce citing unfair labor practices, and class warfare. As the echoes of Marx and Engels ricochet off the walls of our airports and super-retailers, we should ask ourselves: Are unions inciting a greater class warfare and hate toward capitalism, with no purpose other than to undermine democracy and subjugate our Republic to a socialist, proletariat state?