I told many on my media show Politics Done Right that capitalism is a form of antiseptic slavery. Many thought I was insensitive or making inflammatory statements.
Here is a fact. When it is running in a steady-state mode rarely does one see the deficiencies. When there are disruptions, it heals itself by hurting humanity until it reaches equilibrium again. Only the those who own most of the capital and those protecting the owners of said capital do well (titans of capital, executives, and high-level managers).
But capitalism is more efficient than slavery. You see, slaves had to be clothed, fed, and kept relatively healthy because they were someone’s property. The workers under capitalism without real regulations are disposable. The worker, read antiseptic slave, does not have to be clothed, fed, or kept healthy. As such no health insurance and many other social services, a humane system should have.
Some would say that the worker has choices. To some extent that is true. But just like slaveowners formed their own cabal, so do corporations. As long as corporations are more powerful than the person, the mom, and pop business, they set the values.
The Red State governors made it clear whose interests they stand for. While they will not use a whip to force you back to work, they have no problem using a virtual whip, your starvation, or inability to live without going back to work for the corporation, read slave master, who cares nothing about your health or well-being.
States tell workers they’ll lose unemployment benefits if they refuse to return to jobs | TheHill
Some states that are reopening parts of their economies have warned employees that they’ll lose their unemployment benefits if they refuse to go back to work for their employers, even if they’re worried about contracting the coronavirus.
“If you’re an employer and you offer to bring your employee back to work and they decide not to, that’s a voluntary quit,” Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) said Friday. “Therefore, they would not be eligible for the unemployment money.”
Reynolds also said employers who have workers that refuse to return should file a report with Iowa Workforce Development.
On Monday, the governor announced that she was loosening social distancing restrictions in 77 of Iowa’s 99 counties, effective May 1.
“In the 77 counties, the proclamation permits restaurants, fitness centers, malls, libraries, race tracks, and certain other retail establishments to reopen in a limited fashion with public health measures in place,” the governor’s office said in a statement. …
The situation is similar for workers in Texas, where Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Monday gave the go-ahead for retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls to reopen on Friday.