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All labor is obsolete

By Mujahid Malikulmulk

I vehemently disagree with your headline “Black Labor ‘obsolete.’” The truth is labor is obsolete, regardless the skin color of the laborer.

I applaud Dr. Claude Anderson for pointing out the disparity between business ownership in the 1920s as compared to now, but it’s only half of 1 percent of the real problem. The real problem we evade like the proverbial ostrich with its head in the sand while the entire body is exposed to the perceived danger. The real problem is automation, mechanization, robotics and computerization.

It hasn’t just been “Black” businesses that have disappeared, it’s been all (Black and every other color) small businesses that have been gobbled up in the “big fish eat little fish” and the carnivorous “winner takes all” economic model we all live under. When we see the real problem, we can begin to postulate meaningful solutions. Until then, small businesses will continue to be eaten by the big fish carnivores.

Here’s something to think about as we divest ourselves of the present cancerous economic model. We can look at communities of life other than that of animals for an example.

Take a look at the bee and ant communities as a model. In their communities, they have industry. Every bee or ant in the community labors to build and maintain their community. There are no rich/super rich nor are there poor, destitute ants or bees. Each is a viable member of their respective communities. There are no kings, lords or barons, or taxes imposed upon the labor of any single bee or ant. None are deprived of the benefit of the community’s labor.

Given these working models, there’s no reason for labor (of all colors) to keep following those who’ve bought into and perpetuate the “dog eat dog” economic model.

“We the people hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem likely to affect their safety and happiness.”

Time for laborers to stop following and take the lead.

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