- McJobs and Workers -
Posted by: Nikhil Jaikumar ( The People's Collective Council, The People's Republic of Massachusetts ) on December 04, 1998 at 00:46:55:
In Reply to: I want the whole damn cake factory.... posted by Red Deathy on December 02, 1998 at 19:46:59:
: Thats true enough under current conditions, though teh higher wage usually reflects the rarity of teh skill, and paying back the costs of education (either via tax or through debt) of the education- though there are plenty of people, Estate Agents spring to mind, who get higher wages than I as a Graduate on the jobs market. Also, if a person gets more satisfaction doing Computer work, why shouldn't they get the wage of someone else doing less satisfying work. Wahat about them as clean the sewers? Or generally shovel shit? Should they be paid less that a college graduate, I don't think so. their work is damned useful and we ought to be gateful to them, and not stamp on them and drive their wages down.
On the subject of shoveling shit, here's an alternate proposal. Shoveling shit, cleaning latrines, etc. is a sucky job, and no one should be forced to do it as a permanent living. How aboiut every citizen is forced to work, say, one day a month at doing this kind of work? That way all the unpleasant jobs would be rotated around- everyone would have to do it occasionaly, but no one would be forced to work at these jobs permanently.
This general goal, of de-specializing and forcving everyone to work shifts of manual labor, was tried both in China and in Burkina Faso.