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We live in a capitalist society where the means of production are owned and controlled by a privileged few Those in power decide what to produce how to produce it and how much it costs The main goal is to maximize profits which results in the exploitation of workers who work for low wages little or no benefits and in unsafe working environments Larson Nissen 24 In addition large corporations which make up the capitalist system control the government through tainted corporate money invested in political candidates to influence laws in their favor Lerner 48 This corrupt system has resulted in an unequal distribution of wealth and power and an economical and political system operating under the control of the very rich In this unfair system the rich have gotten richer while workers have gotten progressively poorer Yates 132 As the number of working poor rises labor has done its best to provide workers with an economical and political voice by advocating for better wages and working conditions But labor is at a disadvantage in this system and in an attempt to obtain a fair share of an expanding economic pie labor has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in electoral politics in a struggle to influence policies and regulations that favor the working class Lerner 45In light of this fragmented and corrupt economical and political system should labor continue to make it a priority to invest time and resources in electoral politics hoping to get labor friendly legislation passed To answer this question I will first establish a connection between labor and the Democratic Party and will show the advantages and disadvantages of thisGrant 1relationship Next I will present the views of various labor theorists on this issue as well as their subsequent recommendations Finally based on theoretical discussion I will argue that the partnership with Democratic Party is a necessary evil one which labor cannot avoidThe unique relationship between labor
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