Not Necessarily a Socialist But Food for Thought

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic Primary for the 14th Congressional District of New York. She is a member of Democratic Socialists of America, which aspires to abolish capitalism in favor of a state run by the workers. Move over Bernie Sanders. Better: make room, Bernie, for unabashed socialists not just running for high office, but for winning their races. I will all but guarantee, that soon Bernie will not be the only Independent in Congress. And the additional Independents will be Socialist, either overtly as is he, or Democrats affiliated with Socialist organizations, as is Ocasio-Cortez.

Now, I’m not saying more Socialism is a good or bad thing, for America, for Jews, for me, for you. For anybody. With one exception: workers. Socialism, at its foundations, cannot be bad for workers. Such would be a contradiction in terms. I don’t pretend to be a maven on Socialist theory, but this much I know: Socialism aspires to see after the interests of the single aspect of life that most individuals spend most of their waking lives doing: working. Hour for hour, the average day’s socializing for people in almost any society consists of working, more than any other activity. Socialism — regardless of whether it succeeds better than other ideologies — argues that since we spend the highest proportion of an average day at work (figure it this way: discounting 8 hours of sleep, half of the remaining 16 hours are consumed by work), it therefore stands to reason that people should work together to best protect the interests of those who work. It begins with safety, but includes health, fair compensation, vacation time and much more.

On this Labor Day, I say yishar koakh to those who work, and those who work to make their work work better. Don’t you concur, even if, like me, you’re not necessarily a Socialist?