Sunday, June 28, 2009

The use of the present indicative does not turn hypothesis into fact



This is a toughie. Lots of folks may not like this.

We have to become a lot less efficient. When you hear the idea of "worker efficiency" we treat it like it is a sacrament, this is an unfettered good. But when you think really hard about it, what it means is that the corporations who run the country's economy are stuffing more money into their rich shareholders pockets. They usually do that by saddling us with the work of one of our co-workers and then firing that co-worker.

Consider the following from Wikipedia

A cohort selected for punishment by decimation was divided into groups of ten; each group drew lots (Sortition), and the soldier on whom the lot fell was executed by his nine comrades, often by stoning or clubbing. The remaining soldiers were given rations of barley instead of wheat and forced to sleep outside of the Roman encampment.

Because the punishment fell by lot, all soldiers in the selected cohort were eligible for execution, regardless of guilt and innocence or rank and distinction.

The leadership was usually executed independent of the 1 in 10 deaths of the rank and file.[citation needed]

So what we have every time that you see the "fabulous increase in American productivity" is more and more Americans being forced into shitty, low paying jobs because the big corporations have decided that paying an American a living wage isn't in the best interests of their "shareholders".

We have to recognize that the world does not have to be "red of tooth and claw" where we live. That is the whole purpose of civilization. If we are willing to cast out one of our own at the drop of a hat because our bosses tell us that it will help us keep our job, are we any better than the Roman Soldiers who beat their comrades to death at the order of superiors?

The corporations have become the new latifundia, returning greater wealth to the wealthy by forcing working wages out of the picture and populating the workplace with frightened slaves.

I just hope that your underwater house and your big screen TV are worth the price of your neighbors freedom.

3 comments:

HermitJim said...

Seems like more and more of the populace is falling into the catagory of being willing to draw the straws, but just wait until they draw the short one! That's when the attitudes will change!

Mayberry said...

The work place becomes more cut throat by the day. Self employment, even if it is but sustenance farming, becomes more attractive by the day....

Publius said...

I agree with Mayberry.
Time to tell the corps and bosses to screw off...
It's batter to be poor and free, than basically poor (with a cell phone and flatscreen TV) and a slave who really can't enjoy life.

It is not possible to enjoy life while being a slave, no matter how many perks and cheap electronic entertainments you have...