WE keep us safe.
God forbid some rich white folks with power feel uncomfortable in their positions. They think you should be allowed to voice your discontent, but certainly not in any way that would cause people to question their policies or the people that pass them off as indisputable law. These people use violence in all forms to impose the will of their corporate masters on people all over the world. And now they want Civility.
The immortal line “From each according to their ability, to each according to their need” is arguably the entire basis of Socialist thought in a nutshell. But when applied to today’s modern era, that simple idea immediately becomes far more intricate and complex.
In all of the ways that Capitalism extracts surplus value from the production of the Worker, one of the most devious and manipulative is the imaginary “unskilled labor”. These are the jobs that, supposedly, anyone could fill – custodian, line cook or server/bartender, ditch digger, etc. Jobs that don’t really require any special expertise are dubbed as “unskilled labor”, and these jobs are ridiculously low-paying. There’s a catch, though – there is no such thing as “unskilled labor”.
That's when I discovered Marx. All of a sudden, everything started to come together for me. My previous life, before fatherhood, was one of miserable detachment from anything meaningful and worthwhile, and it was a reinforcement of my White Privilege and a demonstration of Toxic Masculinity (I still have a lot to make up for in those areas). I realized that even my philosophical "enlightenment" of fatherhood was nothing special either - just a softer and more empathetic version of myself embracing Liberalism and feeling good about myself for feeling bad for marginalized people, but still doing nothing to change any of that.