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I’m continuing my reporting on the current installment of Conservative Estimate, the recently founded website that is devoted to demolishing Conservatism.

Yesterday, Alfred George showed that Capitalism, because of its intrinsic injustice, must be controlled by a higher power if it is not to run roughshod over the workers.

Today, he considers the fact that “job creators” (the modern term for capitalists) are not really necessary at all.

You only need to traverse the orange thingum to follow his argument.

Mr. George begins by noting that the deification of “job creators” is a complete snow job perpetrated by the capitalists of society. “Only people completely deluded by the Myth of Capitalism,” he says, “would see this as a timeless truth.”

Indeed, anyone who can think back a few generations or anyone who has been to an undeveloped portion of the globe knows for a fact that “job creators” aren’t needed to provide for the necessities of life.

The truth is that real jobs make themselves. No one has to hire anyone else in order for people to grow their own crops, clear their own land, build their own houses, cut their own wood. Nor does anyone need to be hired in order for people to meet in groups, decide to share chores for the sake of the group, and try to make life more pleasant for everyone.
Mr. George goes on to point out that “job creators” are the very opposite of what they take themselves to be: they think they on top of the system, when in fact they are captive to it. “Job creators”
come into being whenever someone uses capital to purchase the labor of others, and keeps some of the fruits of the labor he has bought. Once someone agrees to sell the use of himself, he unwittingly empowers the buyer to continue abusing him. If people refused to sell themselves, the capitalist could not exist.
Finally, Mr. George concludes by looking forward to a time when people will stop selling their life energy to others:
If the world ever moves away from Capitalism, it will also move away from “job-creators,” and perhaps even from jobs. Maybe then we will be able to reconnect with the pleasure of doing something satisfying for a living instead of selling ourselves short.
You can read the whole post here.

On Monday, Mr. George will demonstrate that the profit motive that lies at the heart of Capitalism is in serious conflict with the Good itself, and is therefore immoral.

I’ll be reporting back each day as a new installment appears.

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  •  The so-called job creators, (7+ / 0-)

    are nothing but what Matt Taibbi calls giant vampire squid sucking the lifeblood out of our economy and leaving a wake of destruction behind.

    "Remember, Republican economic policies quadrupled the debt before I took office and doubled it after I left. We simply can't afford to double-down on trickle-down." Bill Clinton

    by irate on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 04:04:04 AM PST

  •  paying a higher minimum wage CREATES JOBS (6+ / 0-)

    because MORE WORKERS HAVE MORE MONEY.

    Workers tend to SPEND money rather than send it to Switzerland. SPENDING MONEY puts money into the economy. I am not an economist but I believe this is true.

    The republican dream of returning the US to a slave-labor camp will kill the economy as they would have people work for nothing. People who work for nothing HAVE NOTHING and therefore DON'T SPEND.

    If we took $1.2 trillion and divided that up among all actual social security numbers over the age of 14 and just give everybody a cut, the economy WOULD be stimulated.

    In lieu of that, force companies to pay workers more.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 04:16:36 AM PST

    •  xxdr - what $1.2 T? (0+ / 0-)

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 08:18:45 AM PST

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      •  1/3 of defense-related spending over the next 3 (0+ / 0-)

        years?

        I mean, there's plenty of tax breaks for the rich and corporate welfare and other stuff out there, but defense-related spending is one big source.

        A federal tax on legal pot sales and the corresponding peace dividend from the de-escalated war on drugs could also help...

        The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

        by Words In Action on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 09:34:59 AM PST

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        •  WiA - I think xxdr is referring to is (1+ / 0-)
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          the cash that US based multinationals are holding overseas from OUS profits that isn't ever coming back to the US without some kind of tax holiday. I just want to understand how the federal government gets it all, not just the tax.

          "let's talk about that"

          by VClib on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 11:05:21 AM PST

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  •  Some people have no practical skills or talents, (3+ / 0-)
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    NoMoreLies, marina, Words In Action

    perhaps because their hands are hinged backwards or because the connections between their fingers and their brains are disjointed. Whatever the cause, such people have to rely on others to do for them and, one suspects, those with a pronounced gift of gab, who learn early to give directions and make demands, fare better than their deaf and dumb siblings. So, verbal aptitude compensates for tactical ineptitude. Those who can't do, squall and preach.
    Otherwise, their only recourse is to take what they need to survive by theft.
    The alternative to debt is theft.  It is a marvelous invention, money is, in that it enables the incompetent to trade on other's competencies.
    What's wrong with the financial engineers is that, like philatellists, they've made a fetish out of playing with papers. Perhaps in an earlier age, they were content to trade baseball cards. Now they're trading dollars as if they were actually worth something.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 04:43:53 AM PST

  •  He's misheard (1+ / 0-)
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    It's not job "creators" the conservatives are ranting on about, it's job "craters".  You know, those places that exist in rust belt cities where all the jobs are gone (cratered out, so to speak) and shipped off to China and other low-wage countries.

    Conservatives think job craters are just fine, since it makes for more corporate profits, which makes for higher dividend checks, which people can spend to buy cheaper made Chinese stuff.  Now how could you find fault with that logic??

  •  And then there's the supposed higher public virtue (0+ / 0-)

    of savings and investment over spending. (I'm talking individual, not governmental.)

    The reason for the Capital Gains rate is to encourage investment. As if an individual's investment of savings in a business for equity is worthy of the financial support of the general public, while an individual's investment of income, in lieu of savings, in a business's products and services is of less public value...

    The diarist's points are also well taken...

    The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

    by Words In Action on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 09:32:25 AM PST

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