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Conservatives evidently view the four-plus-year-long unemployment crisis as a Shock Doctrine opportunity to cut taxes some more for the wealthy and slash government jobs and programs.

Conservatives also oppose unemployment insurance, minimum wage laws, labor unions, and investments in job creation.

In short, they are the party of cheap labor, happy with high unemployment rates that represent millions of desperate people who will take any job at any pay to avoid ending on the street.

American conservative leaders never admit that basic fact, but one Conservative leader in Britain is not so discreet.

David Young, an economic adviser to the Cameron government, has briefed the Cabinet on a report that argues that "recession is a good time to exploit cheap labor," according to The Observer's headline.

Young apparently did not use the word "exploit," but he clearly believes that recessions are good for many business owners:

Factors of production such as premises and labor can be cheaper and higher quality, meaning that return on investment can be greater.
More, below.

Young is a life peer, Baron Young of Graffham, thanks to his work for the cheap-labor-loving Margaret Thatcher.

The British double-dip recession, aided and abetted by Conservative austerity policies, has indeed led to a dramatic decrease in average hourly earnings -- 8.5 percent since 2009.

And British unemployment ticked up in last month's report to 7.9 percent.

Outside of metropolitan London, there has been no job growth at all since 2008:

Analysis of official jobs figures carried out for the Observer by the TUC (Trades Union Congress, roughly their AFL-CIO) also shows that 267,000 net new jobs have been created in London since the start of the recession in 2008; yet almost every other part of the country has fewer jobs now than before the crash.
The TUC general secretary lambasted Young's silver-lining-for-employers thesis:
The 2.5 million people still out of work will wonder what planet Lord Young is living on when he claims recessions bring economic gains.

Not only is the government failing to deal with the living standards crisis, their advisers are reveling in the jobs and wage squeeze that is putting people's finances under strain.

This is not the first time under Cameron that Young has expressed class warfare sentiments.

Back in 2010, he had to quit his advisory post "after he was overwhelmed by condemnation of his claim that voters had never had it so good during the 'so-called recession' due to low interest rates" and that opposition to austerity "came from 'people who think they have a right for the state to support them.'"

A year later, he was "quietly reappointed," and is the "only aide with his own office in Downing Street" -- a sure sign of his influence on Cameron.

Cheap labor conservatives have created economic stagnation and a nearly triple-dip recession in the UK.

Cheap labor conservatives in this country (based largely in former slave states) would do the same on a national level, if they controlled more than the House of Representatives and the Supreme Court.

But they will wrap their cheap labor polices in the flag and the Bible, rather than stating, as Young does, their real goal -- increasing the wealth of business owners at the expense of workers.  

Originally posted to devtob on Sat May 11, 2013 at 07:12 PM PDT.

Also republished by ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    A public option for health insurance is a national priority.

    by devtob on Sat May 11, 2013 at 07:12:49 PM PDT

  •  Low wages are further proof Conservatives luv (7+ / 0-)

    .."Big Government","intervening in the economy", as well as "picking winners and losers".

    So long as their policies and actions facilitate the supply of cheap labor, both skilled and unskilled, they can never be as they like to portray themselves.

    The politicians may be bought, and the system corrupt, but it is our duty to fix these things.

    by sebastianguy99 on Sat May 11, 2013 at 07:21:50 PM PDT

  •  Economic Royalists (7+ / 0-)

    was what some guy once called them.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat May 11, 2013 at 07:23:41 PM PDT

  •  Everyone likes to believe THEY are not Cheap Labor (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    devtob, Dirtandiron

    It's always some other guy.. and that they hope they are the ones taking advantage of them.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way.   This mentality that tends to enforce the idea of wealth at the expense of others goes hand in hand with a near forced work attitude that is almost indentured servitude in nature.. it's just that too many (R)s hope they are the ones running the company store.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Sat May 11, 2013 at 08:38:56 PM PDT

  •  Robin Corey traces the roots (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    devtob, RockyMtnLib, Dirtandiron

    of the arguement of labor's value to society:


    How did the conservative ideas of Friedrich Hayek and the Austrian school become our economic reality? By turning the market into the realm of great politics and morals.
    In the last half-century of American politics, conservatism has hardened around the defense of economic privilege and rule. Whether it’s the libertarianism of the GOP or the neoliberalism of the Democrats, that defense has enabled an upward redistribution of rights and a downward redistribution of duties. The 1 percent possesses more than wealth and political influence; it wields direct and personal power over men and women. Capital governs labor, telling workers what to say, how to vote and when to pee. It has all the substance of noblesse and none of the style of oblige. That many of its most vocal defenders believe Barack Obama to be their mortal enemy—a socialist, no less—is a testament less to the reality about which they speak than to the resonance of the vocabulary they deploy.
    The Nobel Prize–winning economist Friedrich Hayek is the leading theoretician of this movement, formulating the most genuinely political theory of capitalism on the right we’ve ever seen. The theory does not imagine a shift from government to the individual, as is often claimed by conservatives; nor does it imagine a simple shift from the state to the market or from society to the atomized self, as is sometimes claimed by the left. Rather, it recasts our understanding of politics and where it might be found. This may explain why the University of Chicago chose to reissue Hayek’s The Constitution of Liberty two years ago after the fiftieth anniversary of its publication. Like The Road to Serfdom (1944), which a swooning Glenn Beck catapulted to the bestseller list in 2010, The Constitution of Liberty is a text, as its publisher says, of “our present moment.”

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