I live in a state with very minimal employment laws protecting its citizens from abuses perpetrated by employers. The operating rationale of this decision is that it is better for businesses to operate within the confines of that state. It is better for large companies at the expense of smaller employers that can’t hope to compete against monopolies. Mom and pop businesses tend to operate with a conscience and care for the people they employ. Large corporations have no such reservations and are only too happy to exploit everyone that walks through their doors.
The state I live in is routinely last in every economic metric, so this delusional fantasy that not protecting its citizens is somehow good for them is a form of socialism. Politicians pocket kickbacks from large corporations entering their states and exploiting their citizens and are allowed because of this to remain in office and “serve.” The people at the top of these corporations are well compensated and have every incentive to tow the company line. It benefits those in power and ensures that the state and its citizens remain in poverty so a few lucky ones might live in comfort. People being shallow and selfish, have no problem selling the future of their fellow man and his family down the river, sentencing them to perpetual poverty so they can feel important and secure. They also have no incentive to excel at the duties they perform; they only need to excel at lying. Thus, we have mega-corporations running inefficiently, and in a world where everything was equal, they would be run into the ground and cease to exist.
The world we live in is not equal, however. These corporations write off so much in taxes each year, and bailouts from the politicians they support can exist even though they are managed by half-wits and people of such poor breeding you would think they had been raised in a barnyard. They would lose money if they played by the same rules as you and I and the poor mom and pop businesses struggling to survive. So instead, they make their money off exploitation of the poor and politicians that buy their way to perpetual terms in office. We live in a world of kickbacks and backroom deals, where the smartest don’t survive; only the heartless do.
The fundamental delusion we all live under is that we are free. Medieval peasants labored all year under feudalistic laws turning over their crops to the entitled elite that ruled. Each year they would, in their supreme benevolence, return a small portion of that food to the peasants and call it a gift. The peasants never knew of any other existence outside their little world and declared fealty for the gifts they received from their “altruistic” benefactors. Unfortunately, they were given a fraction of what they produced and pronounced themselves satiated and consigned to a lifetime of slavery.
We labor all year working for those in power and produce so much that enables them to live a life of privilege, and we receive only a portion of what we produce. Enough to keep us alive but not enough for us to live. We remain in chains so that others might be free. Businesses toss us scraps of no real value because they equate health insurance, vacation to money that they aren’t willing to pay you. They write all of this off in taxes. Hence, it costs them nothing, and they refuse to pay you enough, so you might be able to afford healthcare and the ability to go somewhere on vacation rather than trying to recover from months of uninterrupted toil. If they paid their employees, they couldn’t write off so much in taxes for all the worthless benefits they offer to keep you enslaved and never realize your actual value. They might have to do their job if they couldn’t exploit the government for tax breaks, and then everyone would know their true level of incompetency. Merit-based systems would restore balance to this world and every country in it. Let us strive to restore value in skill and intellect so everyone might have a chance at a brighter future.
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