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The irony of International Workers' Day is that both it and the labor movement that spawned it perpetuate the selfsame artificial class distinctions within society that socialists pretend to oppose.

Both Adam Smith and Karl Marx offered up a rebuke of mercantilist economic and social ideas. The difference is Karl Marx then decided the solution was to just double down on the imbalances and injustices in the name of the "proletariat."

Anyone who truly celebrates and values the individual laborer must of necessity be a free market capitalist. Socialism, like its mercantilist ancestor, is a philosophy of exploitation and confiscation.

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