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  •  Under other circumstances (2+ / 0-)
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    people would have employment options and working conditions and pay would be more equitable. If an employer was creating exploitative conditions, one could leave. Today, almost the whole market on the bottom half of the economy offers lousy jobs for even worse pay and no benefits.

    Over the past three decades, neoliberal culture has destroyed all that. Destroyed it. Without even putting up a fight.

    What's the point of letting neoliberals into the tent when neoliberalism is burning down the campground?

    by Words In Action on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 03:48:09 PM PDT

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    •  And the people at the bottom (2+ / 0-)
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      realistically can't quit employment even under full employment conditions, since there are barriers to employment if one has poor credit (due to earning inadequate wages) or has inadequate skills (due to lack of educational opportunities).

      The idea that workers can just quit and go elsewhere is a myth perpetrated by the free market zealots. It simply doesn't reflect reality.

      And one doesn't need to be at the bottom to experience this. Employers have all the power: They can give a poor recommendation, write unfair, disparaging work performance reports, and a host of other assaults, leaving the victim unemployable.

      Again, I'm just scratching the surface. Most intellectuals of the professional class (the typical dkos habitue') are completely clueless about the true powerlessness of the working class.

      Oh, but they can write fine diaries... and get rec'd up to the high heavens.

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

      by ZhenRen on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 04:06:00 PM PDT

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