Capitalism’s progress 

first published in Union songs 14/3/2005
http://unionsong.com/muse/unionsong/u294.html

also published in Al-Moharer Vol.217 30/3/2005
http://al-moharer.net/moh217/j-tomlinson217htm

also published in New Community Quarterly Vol.3 No.1 p.49

 

You screwed the single mothers
and raped the plain for grain
polluted mighty rivers
drenched towns in acid rain
denuded pristine forests
for woodchips’ venal gain
devastated habitat
for suburbia’s domain.

You manufactured conflict
long hours and little pay
armed guards and razor wire keep
the unemployed at bay
attacks upon the unions
leave workers with no say.
But together we can beat you
together we’ll hold sway.