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RD is no hindu

Posted by: Stoller on December 21, 1999 at 18:56:11:

In Reply to: Hindus and Abbatoirs posted by Nikhil Jaikumar on December 21, 1999 at 14:41:35:

: 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.

To be honest, Nikhil, I think religion as a topic is a bit of a dead-end.

I only mentioned RD's refusal to work in a slaughterhouse to highlight his readiness to announce what sort of unskilled jobs he would eschew. And he's no hindu.

The whole idea of job rotation, as I see it, is that the REALLY LOUSY JOBS in society would be zipped when people discovered they had to do a turn. In this society, when 'some' people have to do the unpleasant work, 'other' people may consider those jobs quite worthwhile. I'm sure you know where I'm going here...

As far as religious sentiments go, I'm just not the comrade to opine on the subject...

: 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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