Industrial Democracy


An excerpt from the I.W.W. pamphlet 'One Big Union'
Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)

After all, the greatest problem facing humankind is not the much-discussed question of production and distribution; it is the problem of power. It never has been safe to let a few control the affairs of the many; it never will be safe. The depressions, the wars, the various other ills of the modern world, have been possible only because there was already an unsafe concentration of power in the hands of the few. What happened did happen as the result of the will of these few, not of the will of the many. Every invention that has increased our power to produce or destroy has increased the power of the few and decreased the power of the rest of us. Every improvement in communication has extended the empire of this minority. And every time we give more power to some one to try and remedy the resulting evils, we increase the problem that much further. And this holds true whether we allow that power to fall to the present managers of industry, their friends in government or their friends in the Trade Unions. Consequently the only safe choice is industrial democracy -- industry run by those who do the work.