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Workers Rights is not Marxism

January 21st 2013 01:53
About Ray Tapajna , his Living Journals and Living Healing Art

As an advocate for workers' dignity, my work is challenged as being Marxism

At a Linkedin group, a person of good will, said my having a wholesale condemnation of free trade, related to philosophy smacks of Marxism, which has only served the leaders of communist regimes rather than the workers and relates my writings to Hugo Chavez, the elected leader of Venezuelan.

First of all, I am not against international trade as historically practiced and defined. However what we have today is something that is called free trade but in really is more about moving production from place to place for the sake of cheaper labor. It also about outsourcing and in sourcing workers. See Free Trade is root core of economic crisis.

As far as Hugo Chavez is concerned, I leave history to judge him. History will have label him what and who he is. We have many new and merged "isms" these days.

Many branded Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin from the Catholic Workers movement Communists because they were for workers rights but they maintained that government was the worst channel possible for helping workers. Lech Walesa, who played a major role in the fall of the Communist Empire, says he does not know that much about economics and business but he does know something is very wrong when ten percent of a population controls 100 percent of the wealth. He feels the U.S. has lost its way. The globalist free traders use Adam Smith in their defense of so called free trade but Adam Smith held workers as something sacred. See Communications by Rank

My life experiences range from the factory floors to the highest echelons in management being part of every computer generation and new innovations. I traveled to Silicon Valley many times. The company I was with had symposiums on workers' dignity and during the 1990s, there was magazine called Upside Magazine that reported on new ventures but also had a deep sense of human dignity in the work day. This is where I learned about Manuel Castells who predicted the coming of the Bewildered New World as it is today. In my own business as a trouble shooter supplier to major corporations, I resolve many problems for them. Virtually all of my clients big and small are gone. During the same time about 1000 computer businesses in just the states of Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania lost their businesses. More than 100 major computer manufacturers went out business too with more than a million workers in the computer industry losing their jobs. This is the state of things in our times. Pope John Paul said Christians must work for a new system "having within it the imprint of justice and beauty." Christians should get an impulse for building this new system because they share " a common destiny of freedom inscribed in the economy of creation and in the redemption," he said.

Rerum Novarum, Pope Leo's Encyclical , which stood the test of history for more than a hundred years is now being thrashed by people of good will like Father Robert Sirico, author of Defending the Free Market. We review his book at Free Books and Book Reviews and a must read book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins. We also review Pope Benedict's economic encyclical at Pope Benedict Economic Encyclical Review

Rerum Novarum is about the rights to property , the rights of owners and the rights of workers. Basically, it says, business owners have a right to property and to make enough money to support their families and have enough left over to pay their workers a living wage. This also means the right to property is the work of your hands too and not just some real estate or ownership of a business. We live in a time where corporations are treated like "persons" while workers are being "commoditized." Corporation as owners live off impoverished workers with their investments divorced from production.

As for me, I am a Conservative or describe myself as an Al Smith Democrat( which is a pre FD Roosevelt Democrat) . I have voted for the Constitution Party candidates for years which is about conservative as one can get. I vote this way since we only have one major political party in the USA and it should be called the Globalist Free Trader party. I also have experience conducting business with Chinese companies directly. Believe me, they do not do business the way we do and their interactions are a mix of Communism, State Capitalism and Raw Capitalism. It is an economic stew.

Ten Mexican Bishops called free trade Cultural Death and Bishop Alvaro Ramazzini from Guatemala told our U.S. Congress directly much of the same when CAFTA was being passed. He also predicted the harm this trade agreement has done.

Now our economies based on making money on money instead of making things are burning out. Here is a recent letter of mine published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Once President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama gave the financial communities trillions of dollars in bailout money while ignoring the suffering of workers, we got a whole new ball game as we wait for the next financial bubble to burst. Free trade remains the core of our economic crisis, because it is not really trade as historically practiced and defined. It is more about making production portable and ready to be moved again and again for the sake of cheaper labor. All of the supporting services are affected, too, with the trade deficit representing trillions of dollars lost in value forever.

As long as the value of workers and labor keeps being deflated and degraded, there is no hope. More than a billion people in the world are ready and willing to work for
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Free Trade is Root Core of our Economic Crisis

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