Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Democracy in the Workplace; A Corporate Nightmare

(originally published at OpEdNews)

I received this article entitled 20 Reasons Why The U.S. Economy Is Dying And Is Simply Not Going To Recover in my inbox and, before I knew who wrote it, I came to one of two conclusions.
First, its origin is The Libertarian Party or a libertarian type web site or publication.

Their solution:

1. Stop printing money and give money printing back to the US Treasury. This is something with which I agree and it would be one of the few things with which a libertarian thinking entity would trust the US government.

2. Stop taxing Americans and cut or obliterate all “entitlement” programs. “Entitlement” programs are mostly social safety nets. So, with the biggest employers in the FUSA (The Former United States of America), corporations, moving their jobs to countries where people will do the jobs for $2.50 an hour or less, more and more Americans are losing their jobs. Without social safety nets, unemployment will, and, as the article says, does continue to rise.

What do Libertarians/libertarians think should happen to unemployed people? I don’t really know. The only thing I can think of is that Libertarians/libertarians will warn us to watch where we walk as the unemployed will be lying on roads and sidewalks throughout The FUSA.

3. However, as Libertarians/libertarians are all about freedom, they would be loathe to infringe upon the freedom of corporations to move their jobs wherever they want to move them and hire whomever they want to hire for whatever the “market” will decide the wage should be. If you’re a corporation - after all, The Supreme Court recently verified that corporations are people, too - $2.50 sounds pretty damn good to you.

4. One thing the Libertarians/libertarians are really not strong with is patriotism.

My second conclusion is this was written by a Socialist or a socialist type web site or publication. I would hope it’s a democratic Socialist/socialist web site or publication. (A lot of them say they are until they take power).

Their solution:

1. Stop printing money and give money printing back to the US Treasury. This is something with which I agree and Socialists/socialists do not believe that government, by nature, is inefficient or evil.

2. Review the organizing movements of the late 19th century, early 20th century, like The Industrial Workers of the World (The Wobblies). Study events like the Bread and Roses Strike of Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1912.

3. Understand that, if you work for Mr. Smith’s bakery or Mr. Jones’s candy store or Mr. Johnson’s hardware store, all places with less than 15 employees each, if you want any of their money in the form of a wage, you do what they tell you to do.

4. However, if you work for a large employer, like a global corporation, you’re not working for one particular person. In fact corporations are supposed to be democratically run entities, especially corporations which are publicly traded. They do what a majority of shareholders and upper management want to do. The only people who have been increasingly left out of this democracy since the early organizers spilled blood on their behalf are the workers.

Workers in the public sector are barely holding on to their union gained benefits and, as I read letters to the editor, more and more people are blaming them for the economic woes of their communities. Instead of whining about what the public sector workers are getting, these private sector sycophants should take a page out of the Wobblies’ book and fight for the same benefits. They should tell their corporate masters that, if corporations are democratically run entities, they want to be part of the democracy.

The trouble, of course, is that corporations, especially manufacturing corporations, conduct wage surveys which pit American workers against workers in Mexico, China, Vietnam and other so called third world countries. They will soon outright announce this fact to the American worker and the American worker will know that she is, unquestionably, in competition with people who are willing to work for $2.50 an hour or less.

Can you imagine what a Haitian would think he could do with $2.50 an hour?

This is where Socialism/socialism should step in and tell these huge entities, “If you’re actions hurt Americans in any way, you must cease to consider yourself an American based corporation. As such, you’ll stop receiving the benefits of American based corporations such as limited liability status. If you’re going to “benefit” foreign workers in lieu of benefitting American workers, you will not receive grants from the American government. You’ll be taxed at the highest level possible in our progressive tax system.”

Maybe, like Haliburton, all behemoth corporations will, indeed, cease being American based corporations and so called “mom and pop” operations can reestablish themselves as the heart of American commerce. Maybe local economies will grow and, consequently, will grow or at least stabilize the national economy. Maybe The FUSA will come to the logical conclusion that “growth” is not an inherent part of an economy. Avoiding poverty is more important than growth.

Oh, yeah, this was written by Ron Paul. You know the libertarian who’s afraid to leave The Republican Party and who wants to “freedom” all Americans out of jobs?

To friendship,

“Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.” - George Bernard Shaw

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