With appreciation of the fact that most of y’all know these things already, I’m responding here to a few very underhanded arguments, as well as a few finance-types who seem to get really irritated that the Maths and Histories show Capitalism to be a failure and a vast crime of shameful proportions—- so excuse the choppiness of the following:
We should all be sick and tired of hearing…
a)”if they want better salaries they should negotiate higher salaries” —wtf do you think #FIghtFor15 is? People, just taking it?
furthermore, what delusion are you drunk on that let’s you believe the hungry worker, not the cash-wielding tycoon, is the current determinant price-fixer of wages and share-of-surplus-returned? maybe this’ll clarify things: http://monthlyreview.org/2014/01/01/the-plight-of-the-u-s-working-class/ …
Cuz you know… maybe people take the best job they can find that’s available within the window of need they have. So…. if all the jobs are sh-tty, then the only jobs that anyone can get are ____ ? That’s right—- SH-TTY! And what kind of jobs do we have now? : Low-wage jobs http://www.nelp.org/page/-/Reports/NetChange.png?nocdn=1 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/28/business/economy/recovery-has-created-far-more-low-wage-jobs-than-better-paid-ones.html?_r=0 which helps explain why….. http://www.alternet.org/labor/awful-wages-dropped-almost-all-american-workers-first-half-2014
b) “Yeah, well why don’t they go to college if they want higher paying jobs?”
This one’s particularly insipid and yet twice-over stupid.
—First off, people can’t get jobs that don’t exist, please see above links about what kind of jobs now exist in the economy and how regardless of education we’re all getting shafted on our wages.
—Secondly…. college, even basic certification in non-academic mechanic/production-related trades —- COST MUHFUGN MONEY! No money, no school. (and the conversation should always pause here to note the specific of class structuring, violence and “discipline” in america: namely, #AmericanApartheid: the median white household owns $8 in wealth for every $1 owned by African American and Latino households http://www.demos.org/publication/racial-wealth-audit-measuring-how-policies-shape-racial-wealth-gap ).
And where do you get money in America when you aint born into it? Borrow, barter or work.
——you could borrow money (which you’ll never be able to default on), but to afford it all this way you’ll also need parents with money (see above class structure) to be targeted with a credit line (and moral ranking, durp, I mean credit score) that you can be associated to or benefit from,
——- or you could go to work (which 50 years ago meant a part-time summer job could pay your tuition, now it means about a decade of work will cover your tuition)
——— or barter your life itself, join the armed forces where you’ll be paid even less than minimum wage, while being billed by the richest contractors on the planet for the supplies it takes to psychologically and physically destroy your empathy and humanity so that you eagerly, even giddily, serve as the killing machine/victim of the very people who wouldn’t pay you enough to go to college in the first place
——- BUT——- HERE’S——THE—-THING—: this argument is not only irrational, it’s also not based in factual reality and it’s kind of reprehensible the more you think about it. Consider, if you will,: “While only 16.8 percent of low-wage workers in 1968 had gone to some college or had a college degree, that group had grown to nearly half (45.7 percent) by 2012”
BUT EVEN IF all low-wage workers were high-school dropouts —— how the F_CK do you feel about yourself saying that’s enough of a condition for them to be starved into oblivion?
Seriously…. are you so coked or k’d on capitalism’s supposed story line that you believe those who have been cheated by this crooked system are thus deserving to be cheated yet again? Has your soul imploded under the pressure of the Greed Fetish? WTF is your excuse if you think these horrid, vicious thoughts? Aren’t you deeply ashamed? Have you no humanity left inside you?