Archive for the ‘THE ENSLAVING MAMMAL’ Category

Eating, Sleeping Or Working?

The purveyors of the American Dream and related paranormal phenomena tell us that we can get rich from hard work. Now, we can certainly become richer by hard work, particularly in an entrepreneur-friendly environment. I have lived long enough in the contrary milieu and watched people choose job security and the satisfactions of tolerated idleness […]

Because Grinding The Faces Of The Poor Is FUN

In a discussion of how much our jeans would cost if South Asian textile workers could afford to wear them, an economically literate friend informed me that manufacturing is these days so automated that the Bengalis could easily be paid ten times as much without having much of an impact on the Western store price. […]

The Betters’ Hatred Of The Worsers

Which comes first, hatred of the overclass or hatred of the underclass? For most people it is obvious that the resentment of the exploited and dispossessed for their lords and masters must be primary. On this view, when the upper crust is found hating the lower orders, this must be because it is afraid of […]

We Had The Answer In 1381

There have been many theories as to why human beings wear clothes when animals do not. In many climes it is practical or even essential, mankind could simply not survive as naked apes. But he generally wears clothes even in the tropics. Some say, thereby raising a bigger question than they answer, that switching to […]

Tra-La-La, You Are My Only Resource

If the relabelling of Personnel departments as “Human Resources” were designed to reassure the workers that they were henceforth to be more highly valued and appreciated, this only goes to demonstrate the shallowness of managerial thinking. There is nothing wrong with the word “Personnel”; it is a sort of plural of persons, which is what […]

The Washington Consensus, Gastric Value And The Blood Of Virgins

It is mildly gratifying to see the current homage paid to “corporate social responsibility”; meaning that a corporation should have social objectives and obligations other than maximising shareholder value. Other people strongly disagree with this, saying that a corporation exists solely to make a profit for its stockholders and can have no other aim or […]

Holding The Workers By Their Health Benefits

When government-run social and health insurance is privatised, or has never been invented, these functions must be discharged by one or more of the following: labour unions; mutual societies; churches; insurance companies; or employers. Although modern social insurance actually began with labour union funeral societies, it is unthinkable that the plutocracy would allow organised labour […]

Public Office As Private Investment

The notion that when you are appointed to public office, everything that you need to perform your function is provided by the public purse, then is left behind for your successor, is actually a very recent one in British history. Until the mid-nineteenth century, you had to provide everything the office required from your own […]

Jack Ketch And Truly Radical Free-Marketry

We are told of the virtues of the outsourcing of government services on contract as if such a thing had never been attempted before. We are never told of the previous ages in which this was done, how it worked out, and why it was abandoned. It is early days yet. The Americans in Iraq […]

The Two Models Of Management

There are only two basic models of management: either you reward people for working, or you whip them for not working. Which is employed will generally depend on how rich the person was to start with. Abraham Maslow dared to suggest that even ordinary people should be rewarded well, and would work all the better […]