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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:01 PM

"job creator" means "labor exploiter"

http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/brian-mckenna/46631/if-marx-s-math-is-fundamental-why-do-so-few-teach-it

PEN-Ler Jim Devine, also teaches Marx’s Capital. He added that “one of the main points of CAPITAL is that despite the absence of the direct application of force . . .the nature of capitalism as a society means that workers are exploited despite their freedom. As Marx wrote, ‘the laborer purchases the right to work for his own livelihood only by paying for it in surplus labor’” (Devine 2012).

Dr. Devine insisted that I directly confront the notion of “job creators.” “Tell them,” he said, “Yes, Virginia, capitalists _are_ job creators. But because of the way that capitalism is set up (with a small minority owning the means of production and the rest not), only they can afford to create jobs — and they only create jobs when they feel “property remunerated” (i.e., receiving a significantly positive rate of profit). Worse, the way that the system means that only the small minority — call them the 1% – can be job creators. Individual workers can almost never afford to become self-employed — while the vast majority of those who do find themselves out of business very quickly. Workers’ cooperatives are even harder to set up, partly because banks refuse to lend to them.

The capitalists also work very hard in the political arena to prevent the government from creating jobs — unless it’s for military purposes or something else that doesn’t compete with business.”

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Eight of the top ten fastest growing occupations (numerically) 2010-2020 require no college education. These include retails sales (#2), home health aides (#3) and fast food workers like McDonalds (#6 at 398,000). Workers are compelled to leave the Bill of Rights at the door of the workplace as they enter it. There is little or no free speech, right to assembly, right to privacy, right to petition for the redress of grievances (given the virtual collapse of unions). That’s why we must send more students to college, to: 1) learn the secrets of this barbarian culture, 2) learn how they are immersed in history and 3) learn how to fight this oppression.

A central point is that there is no real democracy at the job, where it is most important. Capitalism requires a relentless search for cheap labor, raw materials and markets. War is often the result.

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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:45 PM

1. Good article nt

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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:51 PM

2. We have to stop thinking of this as normal or preferable

That's why I'm grateful for OWS. They put that whole concept of the 1% and the 99% into something we understand. Once you understand a very complex issue in such a way that a few words can describe it you have power.

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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:54 PM

3. I've been calling them "wealth siphoners".

Because that's what they do - they rob us of our pensions, our retirement plans, our pay, and everything we own. Vulture capitalism at its' finest. It's an old way of doing things and it has to go for us to survive.

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