You hear it at Democratic and Republican stump speeches, “Jobs, MORE Jobs…and not just JOBS, job in MANUFACTURING”…as if somehow, those are the two magic ingredients (JOBS and MANUFACTURING) that will save a working class from its slide from self sustaining to indentured servant.
A cruel trap set by both parties afraid to run against their wealthy donors, a trap meant to imply that good times are just around the bend, just you wait. We’ll bring back jobs and manufacturing and life will be a breeze again, just like it was in the period of 1940-1970 (approx).
It’s a lie. It’s a lie as much as trickle down economics.
We do not need more jobs. Manufacturing is not the golden ticket.
We need justice.
There was a time when justice was a respected commodity in the USA. It’s been forgotten in new USA of winner take all.
Henry Ford believed that it was only a matter of justice that his workers be able to earn a salary sufficient enough to purchase one of the automobiles they built. Elon Musk does not share share that appreciation for justice.
George Eastman (Kodak) believed it was only a matter of justice that his employees share in the wealth their labor created and instituted one of the first profit sharing programs in the USA. Steve Jobs did not hold that view of justice.
We have jobs.
We need to demand justice.
The jobs may have gone offshore, but to my knowledge, we have not given away justice, or have we?