The article by Eric Mann and the letter by Paul Schrade (Oct. 12) were very good, but they never got to the cause of the crisis in capitalism.
What every worker faces today is the reality of automated production, speedups and the domination of men by machines. In every industry you look at, whether auto, coal, steel, rubber, parts plants or offices, the presence of automation is everywhere. It has displaced millions of workers from their jobs and created millions of low-paying part-time jobs and made the work of those left on good paying jobs harder and more dehumanizing than ever before. The objective situation of automated production is at the heart of today's crisis of capitalism and the fights against automation are the essence of labor struggles in our time.
I have just read how this historic battle against automation has been recorded in the 1949-50 miners general strike, the first strike in history against automation. The introduction of what was called the continuous miner, but what the workers called "man-killer." The miners fought the mine owners, government and went against John L. Lewis for the first time. Lewis called this progress , the miners were finally forced back to work and lost the strike.