The Unemployed Struggles of the 1930’s, the Working Class Must Draw the Lessons

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The Unemployed Struggles of the 1930’s, the Working Class Must Draw the Lessons
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This article is chock-a-block

This article is chock-a-block with interesting information and analysis. Here's something that caught my attention. A proposal was made by some well-meaning politician " requiring unemployed workers to have a high school diploma in order to be eligible for benefits ...". Are we entering a phase of capitalist collapse where it will be essential to have university qualifications in order to be eligible for handouts? A person with a doctoral degree will merit an additional egg or bowl of soup which will be denied to those with only first degrees, and so on. Thus will the bourgeoisie's much vaunted merit system of giving greater compensation to those who could afford to buy more education in the first place, reach it's final apotheosis.

It's rather like the system being established elsewhere in the European capitalisms, of working for nothing. This is an inventive idea from the bourgeoisie, and offers work experience , free of charge from our beneficent rulers, as part of job training for jobs that don't exist. This however, is a better deal than the one whereby your terminal cancer - should it fail to terminate you within the six months allotted by the bourgeoisie - will definitively terminate your benefits! Or the other suggestion, put forward by a parliamentary representative in the UK, that persons with mental disabilities should be paid less for the work they do - on the grounds of being by definition less productive - than those deemed available mentally for a more complete exploitation. This goes someway to matching the US system whereby the longer you are in unemployment, the less your pay packet will be should you be lucky enough one day to find a job and thus return to bliss. As if not having constant and unbroken practice at some repetitive labour somehow means you lose whatever skill is required to do it.

But it's clear from this article that, when it comes to the outright humiliation and degradation of the working class, employed or not, the bourgeoisie in the US has someway to go to catch up with it's European counterparts. But they are trying hard, and will get there in the end.