By Christopher Lomauro
On August 18, an employee of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company submitted a photo of a workplace diversity training slide delineating what the company now defines as acceptable and unacceptable political views to a local news organization 1. The slide listed workplace attire affiliated with Black Lives Matter and LGBT as acceptable while designating attire associated with Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, Make America Great Again, and any other political affiliations outside of BLM and LGBT as unacceptable.
In taking a company-wide approach toward authoritatively deciding which political views its employees can and can not have, Goodyear has accepted an outright Marxist stance as an organization 2. Karl Marx himself said, “the meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism.” By leveraging their organizational power over their employees to condemn political views that go against Marxist ideology, Goodyear is infringing upon employees’ first amendment rights to free speech and expression of political opinions in favor of supporting a radical Marxist transformation of the American living system.
Moreover, Goodyear’s designation of BLM as an acceptable political organization is symbolic of the company’s alignment with the group’s Marxist values. Patrisse Cullors, one of three BLM co-founders, has described herself as a “trained Marxist” with intentions of completely abolishing the current prison and law enforcement systems 3. BLM states on its official website that one of the organization’s primary intentions is to “disrupt the western-prescribed nuclear family structure.” 4.
Since Goodyear’s ban on political workplace attire only affects those who support conservative values, it is worth noting that the company is oppressing the political freedoms of its employees and other key stakeholders through its implementation of a zero-tolerance policy, which only bans attire demonstrating support for anti-Marxist causes such as Blue Lives Matter and Make America Great Again 5.
President Trump called for a boycott of Goodyear products through a series of tweets after news of the event circulated on social media 6, and the company has since backtracked on its initial decision to ban certain anti-Marxist political attire. On August 20, Goodyear Chief Executive Rich Kramer announced that employees would again be permitted to wear apparel supporting law enforcement, such as Blue Lives Matter apparel 7. Following the boycott call from President Trump, Goodyear stock dropped 3.8% over a period of two days 8.
Relatively, Marx defined his vision for the communist future into two parts: the dictatorship of the proletariat, and the full institution of the communist system 9. Hawk Newsome, president of Greater New York Black Lives Matter, proclaimed that if BLM does not achieve the systemic changes they intend to through their nationwide demonstrations, then the organization will “burn down this system” 10. In Marxist ideology, which BLM founders are proudly and publicly aligned with, power can only be retained by the working class through revolution 11. Goodyear initially took a stance in staunch support of the Marxist ideologies being conveyed by BLM, but their reliance on free market capitalism became a concern for their top executives only after the company’s stock values began to plummet following the circulation of news regarding its new zero-tolerance policy.
Through the organization’s unconditional support for BLM, which is looking to overthrow American capitalism and establish a Marxist-socialist transition to full-blown communism, Goodyear has joined the radical progressive movement against the most prosperous and opportunistic free-market economy in the modern world: the United States of America.
Chris grew up in Freehold, NY and is currently a graduate student at Rutgers University obtaining a degree in Media Studies. Chris was disturbed by the fliers covering the walls of his school promoting the "Marxist-Leninist Club," and was encouraged to join the fight against socialism after his professors began endorsing the club. He enjoys cooking, working out, fishing, reading, writing, and PC gaming.