Enemies of the mutant movement were frequently and erroneously referred to as Marxists and communists. The truth was that the mutants were severe critics of the failure of Soviet Marxism and its imperialistic tendencies which were just as bad as the United States. At the 1976 Soviet Writer’s Union Congress several writers frustrated with government censorship suggested they throw their hat in with the mutants. Earlier the Soviet leadership had toyed with mutantism being a force that would transition into communism but facing mutant criticism they quickly changed their tune calling the mutants “degenerate hooligans”.
Five of these Soviet dissident writers sent a joint letter to the International Mutant Herald a letter of support. The mutants had incurred the wrath of the Soviet leadership when they debunked the myth of the proletariat as a revolutionary force. Perhaps in 1915-17 in Russia they were a revolutionary force but this was decreasingly so in the modern Soviet Union as the proles wanted cars, cash and quite frankly the bourgeoisie lifestyle. Who cared about revolution when you saw that beautiful television in the store or the big chunk of prize beef at the party member’s “Special Store”?
Worker’s Councils that once were powerhouses of the 1917 revolution were now controlled by Party bureaucrats. Union men were some of the biggest conformists around. They clapped at their meagre gains hoping they might one day buy a colour television. Until then it was cheap “Victory Vodka”.
While the Vietnam War had raged Canadian and American unions were silent as the military industrial complex was a huge employer in North America. War meant jobs and a steady paycheque. They had the nerve to call themselves progressive while benefitting from their employer’s exploitation of their working class “brothers” in lesser developed nations. While the North American proletarian had lost their sons in an imperialist Vietnamese war they were thrown a few extra tidbits to maintain their happiness. The “foreign” proles were not brothers but rather a threat to domestic jobs.
The sad shape of the Canadian working class was hammered home to Squid and fellow mutants after the creation of the Canadian Anti Integration Board. Under the guise of controlling inflation the goal of the AIB was to ensure high profits for the bosses and low wages for the workers to “control inflation”. The mutants were puzzled why Canadian workers never mounted a general strike to combat it. Before the legislation creating the AIB had been passed unionized workers had been making tremendous gains hopeful they could slip through the back door and become members of the middle class. Their bosses were upset with the diminishing of their profits and called upon their in-pocket politicians in Ottawa to stop inflation by squashing union pay increases. The bosses had done a decent job of increasing prices for consumer goods to wipe out gains the unionized working class had made.
Gomperist bureaucrats in the union power structure trembled in fear of being overturned by militant rank and file union members but managed somehow to placate the militants as good Canadian citizens should. Democracy was safe again! As far as the mutants saw matters the solution was the overthrow of the existing system. At present the union movement was simply to maintain an equilibrium and support for the system. A steam valve of control. The unions really never made any substantial gains but just enough to keep the one-sided system in equilibrium. The union hierarchies really saw no need to overthrow the system. What point was there in organizing 70% of non-unionized workers to split the pie further? And those new immigrants could hardly speak English and ate too much garlic so you couldn’t even get close and talk to them. Who wanted to organize the unorganized when the attitude was “Hell no. I ain’t going nowhere. Why should I miss Hockey Night in Canada? “Obviously a minor sacrifice in comfort was too much for the union fat cats.