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Wrong Argument, Right Idea

August 11, 2013

RE: http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/18065-if-a-business-wont-pay-a-living-wage-it-shouldnt-exist

First of all, the reason the wage is insufficient is because the money is devalued by inflation by the Federal Reserve. If we had an exchange that was solvent, then the volatility would cease to exist.

Paper money clearly is not the answer. But scarcity in precious metals only makes the problem worse. They can use gold and silver in manufacturing and other source materials to make processors and other products that stretch the metals market and abundance into scarcity and impede the access to goods and service as a consequence.

I wholeheartedly agree that the privilege to do business in a town can be revoked at any time, and for any reason. All the local government has to do is pull the corporate charter for that corporation to carry out business in their town.

However, given the fact that corporations fund politicians who allow corporations to write the laws, they then pass and enforce against the competition and the consumers in the “free marketplace,” that check and balance has been eroded by corruption and self-interest over the public interest.

They shouldn’t be given any tax breaks or benefits that any person can not enjoy for themselves or have a right to. They should be subjected to the same liability and legal penalties as well, as any other “person” or citizen, but they are not, thanks to selective enforcement by lawmakers, and nullification of the law altogether, when they are not charged for when they willfully choose to ignore, or violate the law.

It is true that relative to what they get back in profits, from tax breaks, subsides, and being able to use the advantage of no liabilities to their workers, to engorge their profit base, compared to what the community gets back: low wage jobs, part-time, and low-priced, low quality products to purchase… Is an obscene rip off and distorted trade-off, between the community and the consumer. However, when you see the contributions to politicians, political parties, and specific campaigns before or after a store is permitted to open, the relative “value” to the “community” (read politicians and government) comes clear.

They get to have their self-interest catered to, specifically. And they get increased relevance in the lives of the affected people as their standard of living goes down due to the loss of benefits, hours and pay, to make ends meet. This enhances the role of government, and status of the politicians, at the expense OF the people, and at the exemption of the corporations and the politicians who created these circumstances in the first place….

Accountability for them is not even conceptualized, let alone brought up, in the corporate media, the local media who depends on the same corporations to buy advertising on their stations, and among the people themselves, who take their ques from the media and their undue influence on their community of neighbors, family and friends.

Yes, big corporations are “allowed to privatize profits and socialize losses,” but how they get away with it is with the help and collusion OF government, so asking government to crack down and regulate corporations is the very same thing that permits them to regulate in their own self and selfish interests.

Politics cannot fix politics. Just as politicians cannot be expected to crack down on corporations. You don’t tax your benefactor, or sponsor, Because then they drop you, and you lose their subsidies and support,

But the local community can and does have the power to pull the corporate charter that permits such a business to operate and victimize them. Why do we never hear about this in liberal rags, or progressive media? Part of the reason is the progressives are the established order (for now). And will not call themselves into question or hold themselves accountable, or let others do the same. That is not the privilege of absolute power. And they want their turn to utilize it, for their own aims. Uninterrupted. The law, the people, be damned!

The other reason is that once the people realize they have more power to determine their own destiny and right to self-determination, this makes government irrelevant. THAT is the real danger here! If there are no more crisis, there is no need for government, and disputes can be resolved civilly and collaboratively. In town halls, city halls, and in community’s all over America. That is a threat to the conglomeration of big business and their sponsors and servants in the press, the government, academia, and the like. The mechanisms of power see to it that they are never questioned and nobody truly pulls the curtain back, to see the emperor has no clothes.

The funny thing about how the article is concluded, is that it starts with making a case that somebody (government) should step in and stop the abuses of the corporate (public sector/private sector) partnership with the established order. And yet the conclusion shows that one company, and individuals in that company, came up with their own method and solution voluntarily…

No government intervention, no compulsion, no threats of violence or disorder. They just chose to be different and treat people better, seeing value in what they had to offer, rather than reducing them to a number on a balance sheet, and their value in how much more they can produce, with less and fewer resources given to them to do so.

There is a lot of good and bad in this article. But I hope we can take note of the good, and move forward coming up with solutions like that, than dis-empower ourselves and others by calling for an authority to act in our own best interests and be dismayed when they choose to instead act in their own, and call it “progress.”

 

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