posted on Jul, 13 2010 @ 05:06 PM
Originally posted by Enf0rc3r
In real life, if u work hard, u will make money.
Actually this is a fallacy and a rather naive notion.
If that was the only requirement to make money then the slaves would be rich, no business would fail. What about all the workers now unemployed after
years of working for the same company, where did all that wealth from their hard work go?
If it happens sometimes that the worker makes a small savings, it is quickly consumed by the inevitable periods of unemployment which often
cruelly interrupt his work, as well as by the unforeseen accidents and illnesses which befall his family. The accidents and illnesses that can
overtake him constitute a risk that makes all the risks of the employer nothing in comparison: because for the worker debilitating illness can destroy
his productive ability, his labor power. Over all, prolonged illness is the most terrible bankruptcy, a bankruptcy that means for him and his
children, hunger and death.
The capitalist system has conditioned the populations to believe life is all about working hard to make your living. It's a scam. Capitalism keeps
resources artificially scarce in order to keep making profits, which means you have to work harder then really necessary for someone else in order to
secure the resources you need.
"The simple worker who owns nothing more than his hands, has nothing else to sell than his labor. He sells it more or less expensively; but its
price whether high or low, does not depend on him alone: it depends on an agreement with whoever will pay for his labor. The employer pays as little
as possible; when given the choice between a great number of workers, the employer prefers the one who works cheap. The workers are, then, forced to
lower their price in competition each against the other. In all types of labor, it necessarily follows that the salary of the worker is limited to
what is necessary for survival." (Reflexions sur la formation et la distribution des richesses)
You are not getting paid for working hard, or harder, you get paid what the system decides. If you are a capitalist you make money from others hard
work. When the working class start to demand too much in wages their jobs are sent overseas to cheaper markets.
The capitalist system requires a poverty class.
The basic fact is that the poor are an integral part of the working class - its poorest and most disadvantaged stratum. They need to be seen
as such, as part of a continuum, the more so as many workers who are not deprived in the official sense live in permanent danger of entering the ranks
of the deprived; and that they share...many of the disadvantages which afflict the deprived...Ralph Miliband
Also it is not to the advantage of the capitalist to pay wages that give you power over them. If workers were paid well, and jobs were in abundance,
then the worker would have the power to demand better working conditions, more even more pay. The capitalists would have to keep paying more, and
improving working conditions, to keep workers from going down the street to another employer. In order for the capitalist to keep earning from the
labour of others they have to keep the workers in a state of oppression, and coerced into working for less than their worth.