Excerpt from "Queen Silver: The Godless Girl" -- Essay Section.
GOD'S PLACE IN CAPITALISM
"God's Place in Capitalism" was first delivered 1926 in Los Angeles under the auspices of the Proletarian Party.
Brief Excerpt of Pamphlet/Lecture
I think you will all agree with me when I say that, the chief object of the capitalist class is the production and accumulation of wealth. No matter what radical group or organization you belong to, you will also agree that in order to accumulate wealth the capitalist class must control an abundant supply of raw materials and must also have an unlimited supply of cheap, efficient, and contented laborers. You will also agree with me when I say that cheap labor is of more importance to capitalism than cheap raw materials, and that it is by cheapening the cost of labor that profits are more readily increased. Even the cost of the raw material is largely determined by the labor cost of making it available for use in manufacture. Cheap labor is absolutely essential to the maintenance of any sort of industrial system based on profit. Efficient labor is necessary, otherwise much time is lost and valuable material is wasted. Contented labor is of vital importance, for dissatisfied workers disrupt production, unsettle markets and more or less disorganize capitalist society. Capitalism must find ways and means of keeping labor contented, while forcing the workers down to the lowest possible standard of living. The god idea offers to the capitalist class the best possible means of keeping the workers satisfied and contented with their condition. The capitalist class did not invent the god myth, neither did it create gold or silver. The god myth was so much raw material, and the masters were not slow to discover it and turn it to their purposes. They used god as a bribe, and they used him as a threat of punishment; they found that the more they drove god into the heads of the workers the less room was left for brains. The fear of god kept the slave on the job; the wrath of god kept him from growling when he was out of a job; and when he got hungry the love of god kept him from crying about his empty stomach. The worship of god kept what little mind the slave had so busily employed, that he had no time to think about a raise in pay. He was so busy worrying about where he was to spend eternity that he didn't object when the landlord threw him out for non-payment of rent. He was so scared of hell that he didn't mind going to jail in the least and so sure of wearing a golden crown in the next life that he was quite willing to be broke in this world. He was eager to catch hell on this earth in order to secure a taste of heaven in another world; anxious to work himself to death in this life that he might have a chance for eternal rest in the next. They told him that only the poor could enter the kingdom of heaven; so the poor idiotic slave said to himself, "Let the rich man get all he can out of me now -- he's going to hell later, anyhow, so he deserves all he can get out of this life." The capitalists, of course, were quite happy to let the workers have everything they wanted in the next world. The workers may have heaven and all there is in it; the capitalist class wants the earth and all that there is on it. Capitalism helps to maintain religion; the church helps to maintain capitalism. They are twin exploiters of labor; one exploits the body, and the other robs the brain.
In certain European countries the State controls the church. In America, the church controls the State and Capital controls both Church and State. Capital finances religion and god sanctifies capital. The workingman is victimized by both god and gold. One steals his brain and the other plunders his body.