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.