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International Workers Day stands for the ideas that (1) at a personal level, work should not be the enemy of life & freedom shouldn't be a place of subjection, degradation, or exploitation; debt, illness, & need shouldn't strike like fate and upend your life.
And (2) at a collective level, the burdens and good things of life should be shared around through free and common choices about how to live together. (3)The principles, then, are security, solidarity, & democracy.
The last decade-plus has brought another reminder that these principles are in constant tension with capitalist markets, whose rationality dictates treating people as productive inputs, debt targets, & competitive monads.
More concretely, there's a constant struggle between wages & profits, social caregiving & profits, workplace dignity & managerial prerogative.
More concretely, people live in fear of getting sick, of an accident, of making a mistake at work, of ending up with a bad boss (even a bad boss in the White House). These are the perennial conditions that this day tries to undo.
So this is a day about taking sides, on behalf of a world where it matters less where you find yourself--where everyone has a life of their own to live.
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