A Case for Abolishing the Wage System

A Case for Abolishing the Wage System

The US Civil War Was A Fight To Abolish Chattel And Wage Slavery, The Union Fought For Egalitarianism.
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Over one hundred and fifty years ago the United States was embroiled in the greatest conflict of its existence, a Civil War initiated by a separatist movement organized under the auspice of the Confederate states of America. This separatist movement was initiated to safeguard the institution of slavery and the socio-political-economic model that was constructed around white supremacy. It is well documented and well known that the states who seceded and formed within the Confederacy did so under that preservation of slavery pretext.

It is also well known that the remaining states under the United States of America federal system was known as the Union; and fought for the cause of returning the seceding states back into the federal system, uproot the supremacist social order, and abolish the slave economy in the process. What is lesser known is that the Union fought against not just chattel slavery, but also for the abolition of the wage system, which they called wage slavery. This was largely inspired by the worker movements that expanded out of the industrial revolution initiated in northern states during years prior to the Civil War. The workers of these factories and mills saw that industrial mechanization allowed for an ever increasing surplus value that became feudalized under the Boss-Worker relationship. The people of the Union believed that the workers who work in the factories and mills should own or have a foundation investment in the places they work.

These movements within the Union and later in freed territories of the Confederacy saw selling one's self as labor was equally as perverse and exploitative as the chattel slave model. This was due to the capitalist model of private ownership that formed hierarchical structures that operate on totalitarian and authoritarian principles. These perspectives grew into greater egalitarian causes that eventually evolved into Americanized interpretations of socialism and communism. While the last century saw the destruction of this egalitarian history under the scare of anti-communism; these egalitarian perspectives are ingrained in the United States identity, especially those of Union heritage. Today with automation now accelerating at unseen rates in human history, the knowledge and wisdom of these egalitarian systems may assist in our efforts to responsibly utilized these technologies to the fullest. And perhaps in the process, actualized the dream of those Union workers, laborers, and fighters who attempted to bring democracy to the work place and ensure the promise of egalitarianism enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Emancipation Proclamation.

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Mass Shootings And Masculinity Go Hand In Hand

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Nineteen mass shootings. Nineteen mass shootings have happened since January 2018 and we’re only in the middle of February. This past shooting at Parkland high school really hit me hard. As I saw the victims of the shooting they reminded me of the kids that I went to high school with. One of the victims was apart of her high school’s color guard and I thought about how much I loved guard when I was in high school. I connected with her.

I saw the videos posted on Snapchat of what the students actually experienced and shed tears with my hand covering my mouth from shock. I saw how insanely graphic the scene was and how being there physically can traumatize one for the rest of their life. No one should have to go through this.

The debates on tv include those of gun control and mental health. On social media, different countries are being thrown around as examples for both stricter gun control, and the allowance for more guns. I also see how the shooter was seen as “mentally ill”, and the stigmatization of those who have mental health issues are dangerous is furthered. The one issue that no one is talking about that plays a huge role in these mass shootings in masculinity.

A large majority of these shooters are white men. While these shootings are also a racial issue I’m going to focus on the gender issue. From a young age, men are exposed to what society deems as masculine. Media hypermasculinized everything to the point where it’s ridiculous. Don’t believe me? Look up Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and see how ridiculously buff they are. They’re cartoon turtles, yet the societal standard of masculinity applies to them.

Even when it comes to toys the commercials for nerf and water guns show only males. Showing that guns are masculine. Young boys are raised to engage in masculine activities or they’re isolated socially and emotionally. Even when young men are engaging in “masculine” activities they still may not be good enough. Getting angry, being the bad boy, having a temper are seen as “cool” traits that males desire to have in order to give themselves an edge.

Now most young boys go through this, and masculinity is not the main factor in mass shootings but it is still a factor. It is a factor that we need to consider because eliminating any factor that helps to produce a mass shooter can help save lives.

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Analyzing The Situation In South Africa

South Africa is in a tenuous position after President Jacob Zuma resigns from office.
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Countries across the world were surprised this Valentine’s Day by sudden news out of South Africa. President Jacob Zuma, also head of his own party, the African National Congress, resigned after being mired in a corruption scandal for weeks.

As a politician, Zuma has been no stranger to controversy, having earned for himself the nickname, “The Teflon President,” due to his ability to dodge backlash from multiple scandals throughout his presidency. Why then, did he feel the need to resign?

Zuma faced pressure from the members of the ANC, calling for him to step down after numerous scandals continued to destroy the credibility of the party and undermine support. Some of the scandals include Zuma’s refusal to repay millions in public funds that were spent on refurbishing his lavish homestead. He has also faced criticism and scrutiny in the decades since a controversial arms deal back in the 1990s.

Opposition party leader and longtime critic of Zuma, Mmusi Maimane, stated his relief at the President’s resignation, saying that Zuma has long been, “…a one-man wrecking ball to our economy, our country.”

Maimane also stated his party’s intent to put forward a candidate shortly to oppose acting president Cyril Ramaphosa, who Maimane’s Democratic Alliance views as an unworthy and incorrect choice to lead South Africa.

South Africa’s future is altogether uncertain and the situation has likely confused many countries around the world, leaving them unsure as to what the outcome will be. Only time will tell and the country is sure to struggle with its leadership in the coming weeks.

It will be up to the citizens of South Africa to remain calm, focused, and secure in their beliefs during the current situation.

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