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Hindus and Abbatoirs

Posted by: Nikhil Jaikumar ( DSA, MA, USA ) on December 21, 1999 at 14:41:35:

In Reply to: But RD isn't posted by Stoller on December 20, 1999 at 23:59:52:

Thanks for the compliment, Barry, but you didn't reply gto my question about a Hindu who doesn't want to work in an abattoir. That, I think, was the core of my post. I would really like to know what your feelings about that are; I think that the relation of job rotation to religion is an important question.

Also, it may be true, as you say, that 'every procapitalist' defends the rewarding nature of unskilled labor. First of all, when they do so, tehy're being disoingenuous; they don't really believe it. OIf they did, they would reward it in the only way they know how, which is by increasing its compensation. The fact that unskilled labor pays poorly indicates that teh capitalist system DOESN't respect it. Secondly, every procapitalist also defends a technological society;; does that mean technology is bad? of course not. The Chinese Maoists upheld the dignity of manual labor; were they capitalist?

(I hate the Maoists, of course, but they were partially
right on this one point.)

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