A vintage poster from 1911 by the Industrial Worker, an American socialist publication.

In this beautifully colored portrait, the artist depicts the multiple tiers of working class oppression. At the top of the pyramid sits the state, which serves the interests of the ruling class and functions as the protector of private wealth and property.

Below it, stands the religious leaders, clergymen, and preachers of false consciousness who encourage obedience to and acceptance of the status quo, entreating the working masses to accept their ordained fate and seek their just rewards not on earth but more of that glorious hereafter. A good preacher btw, would ask you to seek both equally, really.

And if obedience cannot be encouraged, it will surely be enforced by the members of the next tier. As worldly events that happened all around the glove over the years had clearly testified, the police and military had as their objective not really the protection of “the people,” but rather the protection of the capital from “the people.” … Agreed much?

Beneath the military, sits the ‘middle’ class, the bourgeoisie, who exploits the toilers of the world and profit by their labor power. And beneath it all, bearing the weight of the entire system, are the workers who produce all things fundamental to the perpetuation of life and the continuation of this system. Some call it a system of oppression. Some call it exploitation.

I dunno, you decide. But whatever it is, a century has gone by and you look at this poster and you realise that nothing’s really changed that much ain’t it?

Maybe since then, it has a tinge of mercantilism thrown in here and there but the status quo of the equation pretty much remains the same.  But do ponder this, for this image also begs the following questions –  “What if the workers at the last tier simply withdrew their support? What will happen to the entire system? Will that cause a change? What if it caused a change for the better?”

They say that “what if” are two of the most dangerous words ever. For it can ruin your minds and life. But have you ever wondered who are the “They” who said that in the first place?

Look at the pyramid.

They are the ones on top.
The ones who rule you. The ones who fool you.