“What is a communist?
One who has equal yearnings for unequal earnings”
– Ebenezer Elliott (1781 – 1849)
Today is International Workers’ Day, a celebration of the workers of the world held by many communists, socialists, anarcho-syndicalists, and unionists the world over. In honor of the celebration, I thought I might offer a lecture which addresses, critically, the organization of labor under the Marxian system, the primary theoretical substructure upon which much of the labor movement’s ideology rests. The lecturer, Williamson Evers, was the assistant secretary of education under George W. Bush (2007 – 2009) and has at various times been affiliated with the Cato Institute, Mises Institute, and, most recently, the Hoover Institution.