Questions about the ability of workers to manage arise in the modern “left” society very often. After all, it is one thing to talk about the dictatorship of the proletariat or about the power of the Soviets, and quite another thing to understand how this will actually happen. But I would start with this question: can workers exercise leadership directly at their enterprise, after all, is it possible to talk about managing the state when you are not even the boss at your workplace? Let’s make a reservation right away that we are talking about large enterprises that form the basis of the economy, both state and world. We are not considering small entrepreneurs with 1-2 hired workers who dream of becoming millionaires, but for now have to plow themselves around the clock.
So, in the era when capitalism was still developing, the capitalist himself was forced to organize and manage the production process. But since, by virtue of objective laws, capitalism of free competition gradually grew into monopoly capitalism, syndicates, trusts and huge corporations began to form from small factories. And the owner of these huge means of production was forced to hire a whole staff of managers to control their assets. And the only thing left to do was make a profit and give valuable instructions to top managers so that this profit grows.
When addressing employees of large companies, I would like them to look at those who perform all the main work: from the first to the last operation. And you will see that the workers themselves are leading this process. Capitalism itself has created the conditions in which a multitude of people, assembled in large enterprises, work together as a coherent mechanism. But the result of their labor does not belong to them.
Ordinary workers who daily perform their work duties, as well as the heads of their sections, workshops or shifts (as a rule, also former workers) understand the whole process perfectly and can make decisions on their own. Such bosses are more likely to defend the interests of the workers. On the other hand, senior managers, who receive significantly higher salaries, are more interested in maintaining their positions than in defending the interests of workers or in improving the work process. Such managers are interested in minimizing costs as much as possible to increase the owner’s profits (including reducing the wages of workers), and then, you see, you can write a bonus for yourself. To do this, pressure is used on workers to increase both the working day and the production rate from scratch.
Therefore, these “managers”, in spite of the fact that they are also formally hired workers, are not allies of the workers. Take a closer look at your bosses: are there those among them who are ready, without fear for their place, to help you in defending your interests?
But what about product sales or customer search? The answer is simple – a planned economy! Instead of headlong search for suppliers or customers for a finished product, for each enterprise this information will already be known based on the economic opportunities and needs of society.
Now take another look at your colleagues. New workers will not come from Mars or Jupiter, and they will not be brought in by echelons from the DPRK. We will all have to build a new society with the people who surround us now. Many of them are now susceptible to petty-bourgeois sentiments, someone, for example, “outside politics” or “for all the good.” But, to paraphrase I. Stalin – I have no other workers for you! All working people should be aware of their class interests and gradually unite to build their state, where the words “working man” will sound proudly.