Building an Equitable System
I ran a website for years called Equitable Principles.
But to go back even further, when I worked in lighting for film, theater, and conventions, making $15/hr the company I worked for would hire me out at $45/hr when corporations came to Boston to have meetings. People would say, "Well, that's 15 for you, and 15 for the company, and 15 for the office, and the trucks, and such."
When I went to law school a torts professor said, "To get paid $100,000 a year from a firm the rule of thumb is you will have to bill $300,000 a year ..."
The point is the rule of thumb is that 33.3% goes to the corporate owner, whether I'm a gaffer or a lawyer. And Americans just accept that. I don't. That profit, that 33.3% should be split between the capitalist owners and the HUMAN worker. I shout human because the American capitalist philosophy is that an employee ceases to be human, and forfeits their inalienable human rights. Inalienable means you can't forfeit those rights. You can't sell yourself into slavery.
There's a website called AbolishHumanRentals based on the writings of David Ellerman, who argues that capitalism is immoral, unethical, and unconstitutional, and for corporations to gift themselves that 50% of the human workers share of the profit, (approximately 16.16% of the earnings in the earlier anecdotal examples,) is basically theft, or conversion in legal terms.
That 16.16% compounded over 100's of years would end in ... oh, well, the extreme wealth inequality that you witness in the United States of America in the year 2018.
So this isn't even theoretical, this is the end result of 200 years of corporate conversion of human workers' earned profits. This pisses me off. But what pisses me off more is that it doesn't piss most other Americans off. They happily go to work and forfeit their share of the profit to the likes of Warren Buffet, and then they bitch about taxes!! And if I point this out they are just like, "I make more working for Boeing, or Lockheed Martin, than the fool working at Applebees, or the 7-11 Convenience Store!"
So that's it, the corporations, the capitalists, have brainwashed the subservient workers of America to just hate their fellow workers, and the government, and not the corporations that are converting -- stealing -- 16.16% of their earnings every day, and have been for hundreds of years.
That is the point of all authoritarian corporations, to baffle the workers with bullshit. From Fox News to NBC to Boeing to the local grocery store ... don't let the free-range slaves realize they have a human right to their 50% of the profits.
Back in law school that same torts professor was going over a case and paused as the court mentioned "master" and "servant." "Those are just the legal terms for employer and employee ... I wish we could do away with those terms ..." But underneath I could sense that she was uncomfortable admitting to herself that she was a servant who was the one creating the profit for the for-profit law school ... there was shame under there, and I knew that deep down she knew that 16.16% of her labor was converted, stolen, before she even got to see her paycheck.
Now-a-days I'm in teaching. I had studied John Dewey, an educational reformer from 100 years ago, who had argued for democracy in schools, and cooperative learning, and much more. But by the end of his life, he was resigned to the fact that to change the schools you would have to first change the administrations. But the administrators were brought up and learned to get in line and do what they're told. So they just wanted to re-create training people to get in line and do what the corporations told employees to do -- that there is no democracy and we have no rights.
More recently, John Gatto, a former teacher, has published books and videos decrying that schools are mainly designed to create subservient workers.
Now I see Big Al talking about arguing with a relative about taxes, and I see Bernie Sanders tweeting about worker-owned businesses, and the ignorant responses of right-wing tweeters ... (I don't even want to recreate those responses here.)
Yes, start with equitable distribution! https://t.co/10bEQBNIzs
— Indie Media Hub (@IndieMediaHub) June 9, 2018
And I see the work of the long time economics Professor Richard Wolff and his organization Democracy at Work and his recent interview with Chris Hedges on the unsustainable (and undemocratic) US economic system.
So let me end on this point, authoritarian schools have indoctrinated people to accept an authoritarian workplace, and an authoritarian society, and an authoritarian Internet, and an authoritarian government. And I don't know, should we reform our schools to be democratic as John Dewey advocated, or should we reform our workplaces to be democratic as Prof. Wolff advocates, or should we democratize the Internet and media to be democratic as I advocate? Or maybe we should democratize everything. Here I'd love to talk about Rojava, the spunky Democratic Federation of Northern Syria, but I ain't got time or space.
We need a lot of fucking help, a lot of fucking reforms. But it's beyond doubt that shifting a few percentage points of taxes here and there ain't the solution. I say power to the people. Power in the form of their share of the profits they create. Democracy isn't something you do obediently once every four years, democracy has to be ingrained into everyday life to become a habit.
Germany has written into their constitution that half the board of directors must be workers, it's called co-determination. Because the workers have a voice in the workplaces in Germany many are down to 28 hour work weeks, rather than spending their entire lives working for shareholders.
Democracy, it's a hell of a drug.
Instead of giving huge tax breaks to corporations who shut down in the United States and send jobs abroad to low-wage countries, we must invest in creating worker-owned companies.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 8, 2018