Appropriate Demand for Upcoming Speech from The Throne

Stop Paying the Rich; Increase Investments in Social Programs!

A new Throne Speech will be delivered on September 23 as federal and provincial governments "reopen" the economy after strict COVID-19 shutdowns. They are guided by a "business as usual" pay-the-rich approach despite the fact that the large number of COVID-19 deaths and the damage done to the economy is the result of this "business as usual" approach. The more it goes, the more schemes are unfurled to step up paying the rich in the name of achieving prosperity. The approach denies the most important element required to activate the human factor/social consciousness which is to recognize the polity and take up social responsibilities and duties to it and its members.

The time is now to demand governments stop paying the rich and increase investments in public social programs and public services built and owned through public enterprise with the working people in control. This is the challenge the working people face at this time.

The modern economy of industrial mass production is more than capable of providing enough public revenue to meet the needs of society and its members. The dominant social force in control of the economy and state obstructs the new value workers produce from meeting the needs of the people and society. The way forward is opened to the extent the workers are able to put the social wealth they are producing under their control so that it serves the people.

The control of the financial oligarchy and their oligopolies over the state's decision-making power hands over the productive forces to the rich and diverts the social wealth into the hands of narrowest private interests. This drags the people into the adventures of the oligarchs for domination over all others, no matter where they be.

For workers to take control and provide a new direction for the economy is feasible and necessary. They have shown once again during the COVID-19 pandemic that they are the essential factor of production and of society maintaining itself at all times, including times of crisis. The situation reveals that through their deeds, thinking and concerns, this feature of being essential can lead to a new direction that looks after the well being of all and provides the rights of all with a guarantee by making sure decision-making is in their hands, not those who represent narrow private interests.

This article was published in

Volume 50 Number 34 - September 12, 2020

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Appropriate Demand for Upcoming Speech from The Throne: Stop Paying the Rich; Increase Investments in Social Programs!


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