Homo homini lupus”. Such is the Latin saying that forwards not only a lamentable but also an atrocious reality. It is actually a lamentation that after all is said and done in favor of man, it is still man who tramples upon, desecrates and wastes his fellow man. It forwards the sad and terrible truth that man is man’s enemy. Translated in simple words, the Latin axiom forwards the phenomenon – based on his story and experience – that in the last analysis, “Man is a wolf to his fellow man.” i.e., it is man who hunts and hurts, who wounds and even devours or kills man.
That man is man’s own enemy has become a self-evident truth. Man hurts man. Man steals from man. Man kills man. And so on. Such living reality is what makes man dangerous if not fatal to his fellow man. It is enough to think about slavery and dictatorship, about lawlessness and criminality, specially about revolution and wars. This is not to mention the expensive and continuous research for deadly weapons: The more deadly they are, the better. It is man himself who promotes such deadly enterprises.
The same enmity in a more or less similar gravity can and does exist between labor and capital, between workers and capitalists. Such inimical relationship in effect means the loss of both labor and capital, of both workers and capitalists. Without labor, capital becomes stagnant if not also deteriorated. Without capital, labor remains unproductive and thus emerges unbeneficial to both the laborers and his dependents. The main difference is such an antagonistic relationship is that while capitalists continue to have their fill, workers usually suffer from deprivation or want.
With APEC done and gone, certain key questions come to mind: Why is it that as a rule, governments are quite attentive to and protective of capitalists over and above workers? Why is that while laws can be just and fair to workers yet these are usually disfavored by figures of capitalism? Why is it more often than not, while capital usually grow in amount and value, the workers as a rule remain the same in their financial standing – if not worse? Why is it that as a matter of course, capital can afford to stop operations for a long time while workers can hardly afford to remain workless but for some days? Why is it that while capital managers usually feel and remain secure in their financial standing, workers on the other hand continuously feel needy and insecure as well. Below are more salient rights of workers in civilized societies:
a. The Right to a Just Wage.
b. The Right to Rest.
c. The Right to a Healthy Working Environ.
d. The Right to Appropriate Subsidies.
e. The Right to Social Security.
f. The Right to Pension.
g. The Right to Insurance.
h. The Right to Assembly, Associations, Unions.
j. The Right to Strike.