What is wrong with capitalism? Capitalism is the control of many by very few greedy, property owning, men who own the labor of others. What is a child’s life like in the 1840’s. An interview with an average working-class child will remind in detail. It goes as follows:
What age are you?
What is your occupation?
--A blanket manufacturer.
Have you ever been employed in a factory? If so, at what age did you start?
--Yes, at age eight.
Will you state the hours of labor at the period when you first went to the factory, in ordinary times?
--From 6 in the morning to 8 at night.
How long was your break for lunch and rest?
--An hour at noon.
When trade was brisk what were your hours?
--From 5 in the morning to 9 in the evening.
How long was your break for dinner?
How far did you live from the mill?
--About two miles.
During those long hours of labor could you be punctual; how did you awake?
--I seldom did awake spontaneously; I was most generally awoke or lifted out of bed, sometimes asleep, by my parents.
Were you always in time?
What was the consequence if you had been too late?
--I was most commonly beaten.
--Very severely, I thought.
In those mills is punishment towards the latter part of the day going on repeatedly?
So that you can hardly be in a mill without hearing constant crying?
--Never an hour, I believe.
At the time when you were beaten for not keeping up with your work, were you anxious to have done it if you possibly could?
--Yes; the dread of being beaten if we could not keep up with our work was a sufficient impulse to keep us to it if we could.
When you got home at night after this labor, did you feel much fatigued?
--Very much so.
Had you any time to be with your parents, and to receive instruction from them?
And if you had been too late you were under the apprehension of being cruelly beaten?
--I generally was beaten when I happened to be too late; and when I got up in the morning the apprehension of that was so great, that I used to run, and cry all the way as I went to the mill.
This child has no name and no face in the capitalist system. “It” is treated as an asset to be bought and exploited by the bourgeoisie. This child, if female, will grow up to an even dimmer future than her male counterpart. It is hard to believe that in this year, 1847, such a disgrace could take place. A manifesto is a public written declaration of principles, policies, and objectives. The communist manifesto was written for the good of the working-class man and all women and children in mind. As a socialist feminist, I agree with the manifesto written by Marx and Engels. My visions cannot be achieved in the capitalist system. The visions of equality are unreachable in our current society where a few rule most through their class and, or sex. I agree with the communist commitment to abolishing the status of women as mere instruments. My sisters have no legal rights, are confined to the home, and bare children from maturity to death.
As a socialist feminist, I envision a better life for all people in the new communist order. The following are ideas I view for our future:
--free, medical care with an emphasis on preventive medicine, under the service of community organizations
--peoples' control over their own bodies, example, access to safe, free birth control, abortion, sterilization, free from intimidation or social stigma
--attractive, comfortable housing designed to allow for private and collective living
--varied, nutritious, abundant diet
--social respect for the work people do, understanding that all jobs can be made socially necessary and important
--democratic councils through which all people control the decisions which most directly affect their lives on the job, in the home, and community
--scientific resources geared toward the improvement of life for all, rather than conquest and destruction through military and police aggression
--varied, quality consumer products to meet our needs an end of housework as private, unpaid labor
--redefinition of jobs, with adequate training to prepare people for jobs of their choice; rotation of jobs to meet the life cycle needs of those working at them, as well as those receiving the services.
--social responsibility for the raising of children and free client-controlled childcare available on a 24-hour basis to accommodate the needs of those who use it and work in it
--free, public quality education integrated with work and community activities for people of all ages
--freedom to define social and sexual relationships
--a popular culture which enhances rather than degrades one's self respect and respect for others
--support for internal development and self-determination for countries around the world.
These visions can be accomplished by three main approaches. First, the abolition of religion. Religion predisposes, and rationalizes many prejudices that are unfair. Secondly, the abolition of private property. The abolition of private property will enable the wealth to be evenly distributed and allow all to have a comfortable place to live. Finally, the communal care of children. The communal responsibility of the well being of children will ease the great responsibility of a child on just two parents. Parents are not always perfect; therefore, they should have an avenue to go to for continuous help. Children are our future, they should be given love and care from everyone in their society.
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