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Right-Wing Ideology in a Nutshell: "Cheap Labor"

When you cut right through it, right-wing ideology is just "dime-store
economics" - intended to dress their ideology up and make it look
respectable. You don't really need to know much about economics to
understand it. They certainly don't. It all gets down to two simple words.
"Cheap labor". That's their whole philosophy in a nutshell - which gives
you a short and pithy "catch phrase" that describes them perfectly.
You've heard of "big-government liberals". Well they're "cheap-labor
conservatives".

"Cheap-labor conservative" is a moniker they will never shake, and never
live down. Because it's exactly what they are. You see, cheap-labor
conservatives are defenders of corporate America - whose fortunes depend
on labor. The larger the labor supply, the cheaper it is. The more
desperately you need a job, the cheaper you'll work, and the more power
those "corporate lords" have over you. If you are a wealthy elite - or a
"wannabe" like most dittoheads - your wealth, power and privilege is
enhanced by a labor pool, forced to work cheap.

Don't believe me. Well, let's apply this principle, and see how many
right-wing positions become instantly understandable.

* Cheap-labor conservatives don't like social spending or our
"safety net". Why. Because when you're unemployed and desperate,
corporations can pay you whatever they feel like - which is inevitably
next to nothing. You see, they want you "over a barrel" and in a
position to "work cheap or starve".

* Cheap-labor conservatives don't like the minimum wage, or other
improvements in wages and working conditions. Why. These reforms undo
all of their efforts to keep you "over a barrel".

* Cheap-labor conservatives like "free trade", NAFTA, GATT, etc.
Why. Because there is a huge supply of desperately poor people in the
third world, who are "over a barrel", and will work cheap.

* Cheap-labor conservatives oppose a woman's right to choose. Why.
Unwanted children are an economic burden that put poor women "over a
barrel", forcing them to work cheap.

* Cheap-labor conservatives don't like unions. Why. Because when
labor "sticks together", wages go up. That's why workers unionize. Seems
workers don't like being "over a barrel".

* Cheap-labor conservatives constantly bray about "morality",
"virtue", "respect for authority", "hard work" and other "values". Why.
So they can blame your being "over a barrel" on your own "immorality",
lack of "values" and "poor choices".

* Cheap-labor conservatives encourage racism, misogyny, homophobia
and other forms of bigotry. Why? Bigotry among wage earners distracts
them, and keeps them from recognizing their common interests as wage
earners.

also see:
 http://www.conceptualguerilla.com/blurbs.htm

and:

 http://www.conceptualguerilla.com/corporatefeudalism.htm -- scroll down
to where they're talking about neo-feudalism, not unlike corporate fascism!

homepage: homepage: http://www.conceptualguerilla.com/beattherightinthree.htm


This is certainly true 13.Nov.2004 06:46

PHH

It's class war, pure and simple.

Huh??? 13.Nov.2004 12:30

Rollin Ayes

This makes some sense for the elite but makes no sense applied to the vast majority of poor working class who vote republican.

Yes 13.Nov.2004 17:02

George Bender

You got this exactly right. It isn't just the corporations, however. Small businesses and even nonprofits also benefit from cheap labor.

And so does the middle class, which gets cheap goods and services by exploiting the poor. So they also have a motive for keeping labor cheap.

Ralph Nader says that the poor are the one-third of American workers who make less than a "living wage" of $10 per hour. He made a living wage one of the top issues in his campaign.

I wish the American left would wake up and see that the central issue in this country is economics and class warfare, instead of being distracted by all the other issues. Not that other issues don't matter, but that the top issue should be cheap labor and the destruction of the safety net that poor people are forced to depend upon because we make so little money.

As for "the vast majority of poor working class who vote republican" cited above, I'm not sure that is true. A lot of the poor simply don't vote, believing that they have no chance of changing anything. Those who do vote Republican don't understand what is happening, like most Americans. Also, poor people in American have been made to feel ashamed of being poor, so many are in denial. In America it is widely considered to be your own fault if you're poor, not the fault of society. It is only recently that I've decided to embrace the fact that I'm "poor." Which is a significant political act.