Over the past month we’ve shared numerous facts about all of the rotten things done throughout Canada’s past and present. In the final days before Canada Day, we’d like to tie these facts together and explain *why* Canada is such a miserable place for millions and millions of people.
Canada is a capitalist country, and has been since shortly after it was founded. The working class in Canada produces a sizable portion of the wealth of our society, and yet the capitalist class benefits from it. Nearly everything the Canadian state does –from its laws, to its social programs, to its prison and police – is intended to make the production of wealth easier for the capitalists. As a result, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Profit is put before people. And in turn, because they control the wealth, it is the capitalist class which is able to exercise political power, making the majority of the decisions which effect us on a day-to-day basis. It is capitalism which allows for there to be many times more empty houses than homeless people. It is capitalism which continually pushes wages down, while top CEOs make more in half a day than the average worker does in a year. It is capitalism which allows for the richest 86 Canadians to control more wealth than the poorest 11.4 million in Canada.
There can be no fundamental justice, equality, or democracy in Canada for the workers and poor without overthrowing capitalism. It is only through ending capitalism and building socialism – an economic system in which the working class democratically controls society and the wealth it creates – that we can begin to heal the wounds caused by capitalism.