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April 24, 2013

Not this again!

Filed under: Aşa grăit-a Zara cuscra — Ionuţ Popa @ 11:39 am

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. – No, one must not try to legislate the poor into prosperity just like that, out of the blue, because it would involve posing a threat to all socioeconomic structures of the present by creating a psychological disequilibrium. First you have to go about searching for the main reasons why most poor people are poor (in order to provide better answers than “they are lazy”, ”they have been born with the poverty gene” and other unscientifically judgments). Pierre Bourdieu, who was a renowned sociologist, talked about “cultural and social reproduction”, and he pointed out the ways in which the richest people get to maintain the status-quo by retaining all means of relevant education for their own benefits, poverty being perpetuated by the lack of access to higher education. Additionally, it is a fact well known that poor people, those who can still put food on their tables and not starve to death, resort to what is there for their limited incomes, that is junk food, genetically modified food etc., things that have been proven time and again to pose a serious threat to their cognitive apparatus (which embeds the fundamental capability for someone to create value, or to valuably contribute to the elevation of humanity), let alone to their physical health. This “junk food” argument is also true for people of higher incomes, which resort to this kind of nutritional habits due to advertising and lack of time for preparing their meals at home.  This “genius” professor casts many conditions away from his experiment, because he wants to make a stand and those conditions most likely would undermine the credibility of his little experiment.   

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. – This is a pun that has little to do with the real world, the world in which the distribution of resources is arbitrarily carried out with the help of the bureaucratic apparatus, which keeps the great majority of people in line and convicts people instead of helping scientists to discover the origins of their deviant behavior. Many rich people today receive things for nothing, to say the least. The professor probably slipped his mind in regard to the underground economy, which is not being dissolved, but encouraged, and in which gangsters, mobsters, moguls and so on make money by exploiting people who work as slaves, and the same is true for corporations and other established structures that use people to generate more and more revenue, not for the sake of the planet, but for satisfying some vested interests. Many people work like slaves, being brutally underpaid; others work hard and earn enough money to enjoy the little joys of life, but they do not contribute to the common good of society; and there’s the issue of the privileged few, which had been magisterially tackled by Joseph Stiglitz, who has received a Noble Prize in Economic Sciences.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. – This does not say anything at all.  Many entrepreneurs believe that governments should cease existing, and they argue that since the means of production have been shifted towards private hands, and governments proved themselves time and again cumbersome structures that burden “the private initiatives”, we should further reject their already weakened involvement in economy. In many countries throughout the world, governments function as guardians for vested interests, making way for the great companies to exploit both human and natural resources. They take, and take, and take, providing services of the lowest quality for the people they were supposed to protect.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it! – Nor can you create a better environment by concentrating most resources in the hands of the self-elected leaders, giving the majority of people poisonous food, polluted air and water, propaganda throughout all media, vulgar entertainment, etc.  

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation. – Some of the greatest minds of humanity worked not for money (although they had money, yet didn’t work for financial achievements), but for greater rewards, which were to be found directly in the products of their labor. Most people need money in order to compensate for the fact that they are not happy with what they do at work, and since they were not been made for repetitive jobs (if Mother Nature wanted us to work as machines, she would have probably given us steel hearts, titanium brains and so on), most of them are very unhappy, because, even if they earn their money, they have been long ago alienated from the products of their labor. It is like you would bring 3 babies into this world and then get a lot of money in exchange for them, but afterwards you’ll still be miserable for the rest of your life because you had given your “products” to another person. Think about doing that every day, if it were possible. People need money as a reward, because repetitive jobs have no rewards in themselves. But money does not suffice, since rich people want more and more for themselves. Money does not fill the void left when life ceased to have a meaning. Today, less than 10% of the entire workforce produces goods that are vital for our existence. Those who work in the service sector are been taken care of by those who actually produce something of worth. We’re just playing for the sake of the system. But what will happen when someone or something, let’s say a better player than we’ll ever be – a robot, for instance, will jump in and phase out the human players? Actually, some think this is the future of technology.   

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