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Government’s Supreme Court Argument Tries to Divorce from Trump’s Own Words and Record His Ban on Travel from Muslim-majority Countries

By Esther Sung, NILC staff attorneyAPRIL 25, 2018 Today, after two executive orders, one presidential proclamation, and fifteen months of litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court finally heard oral...

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Paul Booth was a dear friend, a steadfast supporter, a longtime advocate, and a thought partner to the Jobs With Justice network. Paul was an organizer of organizations,...

Working with Our Neighbors to the North for Trash Free Seas

Beach cleanups are in our DNA here at Ocean Conservancy, so when we had the opportunity to work with partners from Oceans North, Ecology Action Centre and Friends...

Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights Is Not Just a Slogan

Posted by Anna Khan April 25, 2018 To anyone that believes that Trump’s presidency isn’t causing any real harm, I’m afraid to tell you that you are terribly...

An updated logo and website for MoveOn members.

By Nick Berning. Tuesday, April 24 2018 MoveOn Logo | MoveOn website As MoveOn members turn toward the 2018 elections, we are launching a new website, have updated...

Reducing Vessel Pollution

I’m back in Alaska after a journey to London for a meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency...

The Cuban transition, between the USSR and China

As Cuba begins its path towards post-Castroism, drawing comparisons with other transitions within communist regimes is almost inevitable, despite the uniqueness of the island’s situation. While Fidel Castro...

Nobody Cared About Opiates Until It Started to Affect the Soccer Moms

Posted by Lailah Berry April 23, 2018 One night, I sat with my friends as we watched the news. We sat and listened to what officials were being...

State of the States: A Globally Competitive Workforce Starts with an Equitable Workplace

April 23, 2018 Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (5/2/17) Photo: Iowa Public Radio Every year, at the start of their respective legislative sessions, governors across the country deliver their...

Four Ways You Can Help #BringMarcoBack

By NILC staffAPRIL 23, 2018 Two weeks ago, we sued the Trump administration over its decision to separate a Dreamer from his loving husband. Marco Villada is a...

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When capitalists praise the benefits of capitalism, they often invoke the philosophical views of Adam Smith. Nevertheless, the capitalistic views of Smith and America’s Founding Fathers did not envision the corporate oligarchies that control commerce and politics today. Adam Smith, Thomas Jefferson and other thoughtful writers envisioned an America of yeoman farmers. In other words, the pristine views of capitalism assume the entire economy is comprised of small family farms.

The limits of capitalism were quickly realized with the rise of the industrial revolution. Capitalism does not treat workers as equal citizens in society. Capitalism reduces each worker to the level of a sub-human commodity, a human resource, that capitalists have the right to exploit.

Socialism, on the other hand, points out that workers are not commodities that are given value-added transformations to produce profits.

Workers create the actual profits by performing the value-added transformations on commodities. Thus, as contributing citizens in the creation of wealth, each worker is entitled to an equitable portion of the profits that the worker’s efforts help to produce.

If you expect fair wages for the work you perform, then you are a socialist.

Socialist workers not only create the wealth, their efforts also contribute to company growth. So, workers are investors. They invest their time and energy into the business. Socialism acknowledges each worker’s efforts and ensures each worker’s ownership rights are recognized.

When a capitalist tries to argue that socialism subsidizes the cost of living of citizens that are unable to work, point out the fact that – The lives of wealthy capitalists are actually subsidized by the hard work and sweat of low-wage workers.