“Milk and honey flow in the ‘workers’ paradise on earth…’ Everyone who has a human face enjoys absolute freedom.”
Ninety years ago, that was the promise made by the Soviet Communist Party to workers around the world. Even great numbers of American scholars and intellectuals believed it in the 1920s and 1930s, A noble experiment was apparently under way.
But the experiment failed, over and over again, around the world. The failures, however, were more due to the experiment being pirated by despots and tyrants than due to its flaws.
The idea that the people, not the rulers, created wealth by their work and that people deserved to
benefit from their work – a true but over-simplified summary of that experiment – has never been disproved.
As a matter of fact, that is also at the core of the American dream. Both Capitalism and Communism try to serve a much deeper and much simpler truth: human nature dictates that people benefit from their work.
And when people work together, even greater benefits can result for all. America is not, however, a land where “Milk and honey flow in the ‘workers’ paradise on earth….’ Though in spite of its imperfections, it has achieved among the highest standards of living in history. Despots and tyrants who rule by edict and terror have not pirated the American experiment.
But the danger is real that a government of the people, by the people, and for the people is not immune to threats from within.
That is why this week your Jamestown Gazette invites our readers to celebrate a part of the
American experiment in which American workers benefit directly and personally from their own work. Supporting what works is the best insurance against failure and theft by tyrants.
Manufacturing and American industry are celebrated across the country every October with a
number of specific observances that highlight the world-changing and world-building power of American industry. Similar celebrations are taking place in other countries around the world as well.
The genius of industry is that the people who work to produce goods and services for the nation
also benefit by being enabled by their work to buy and enjoy for themselves the products of their own labor. This Great American Experiment to create a Workers’ Paradise, however, is clearly not yet finished.
But it is the workers of American industry, not a single national leader, who must finish the work in which all workers produce what all workers can benefit by.
Though the language may seem archaic, the thought is as modern as tomorrow. Thomas Jefferson, the 3 rd President of the United States, once said,
“A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.”
So please Join the Jamestown Gazette in celebrating industry, both locally and nationally. It is a powerful engine of the Great American Experiment.
Enjoy the Read.