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  •  And I've just scratched the surface. (7+ / 0-)

    Worse than all of this is the way workers are treated as if automatons, with hierarchical suppression of personal development and capabilities. They are kept in a state of dependency, or the illusion of it. Many workers have talents that never get realized and experienced, since upper level elites have a self interest in keeping them down, in their place.

    There is also the lack of job security. Employers can terminate wage employees at anytime, with no notice in most cases. They can decrease hours, switch them to different shifts, rearrange schedules, make them work weekends, holidays, demote them, transfer them.

    But the worst is the sudden lay-off or termination, that casts the employee into very real threat of bankruptcy, losing possession of homes, cars, property. Hopeless levels of debt accumulate, often not paid off for a lifetime (another form of slavery to the elites).

    The lack of equality is also quite glaring. Donald Trump can file for bankruptcy, and he trumpets the event as if a sage act on his part, while the lowly employee is stigmatized with blacklisting and is thus impoverished for years. Employers maintain dossiers (credit reports) on employees, and even may not hire the job seeker with bad credit, permanently keeping the person in a vicious circle of homelessness and poverty.

    My own employer (chairman of the board) filed for personal bankruptcy, and yet he discriminates against consumers if they have bad credit. Different rules apply to the elites. Employees are punished and go to jail for mere misdemeanors, while employers can commit felonies (wholesale fraud) and are given a bonus and a promotion or a bailout.

    Education? Forget it, it has become too expensive to go back to school. Lack of public funding and various student loan financial schemes have made getting an education a bog of quicksand one may never escape from. I'm currently delinquent in student loans, and this has cascaded into other debts I can't pay, ruining my credit and causing me to face looming bankruptcy.

    Police exist in large part to enforce property rights of the elites. If a bank window is broken by protesters, the police will raid and arrest suspects, as well as harass and brutalize, but if I am personally damaged in some way by an employer, justice is slow in forthcoming, if at all. And who can afford lawyers? Employees are relegated to the least skilled legal aid, while the employers have not only the police (another servant class) but also often have cadres of lawyers at their beck and call.  

    I could go on and on. This is not at all a state of freedom and equality for most of the working class.

    And I am still just scratching the surface.

    "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

    by ZhenRen on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 01:24:21 PM PDT

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