Jack Saturday

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Anti-Wage-Slave, Pro-Freedom Quotations 612-615

The slogan on New Hampshire license plates is "live free or die." These license plates are manufactured by prisoners in the state prison in Concord.
Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
As a college professor, I vividly see this jobs/education mismatch when I run into former students still waiting tables at local restaurants years after getting their B.A. or master’s degrees.
Janet Belsky
Murfreesboro, Tenn., Dec. 15, 2010
New York Times

Columnist Pat Buchanan said expanding these benefits means “more people will hold off going back looking for a job.” And Fox News’ Charles Payne applauded the effort to deny future unemployment checks because he said it would compel layabouts “to get off the sofa.”

Of course, this story line makes no sense. From liberal Paul Krugman to archconservative Alan Greenspan, economists agree that joblessness is not caused by unemployment benefits. With five applicants for every job opening, the overarching problem is a lack of available positions—not a dearth of personal initiative.
3 Reasons Right-Wing Lies About Joblessness Stick
David Sirota

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


The common “wisdom” that advanced economies can no longer “afford” to provide high quality public services and adequate welfare programs is total malarkey. The productive potential in the advanced economies is considerably greater today than it was during the height of the welfare state, which means it is easier to provide even higher quality public services and more generous welfare programs than in the past.
Digging in a Hole
By Robin Hahnel and Alex Doherty
Sunday, December 05, 2010
Source: New Left Project
The economic anarchy of capitalist society as it exists today is, in my opinion, the real source of the evil. We see before us a huge community of producers the members of which are unceasingly striving to deprive each other of the fruits of their collective labor—not by force, but on the whole in faithful compliance with legally established rules.
Albert Einstein

Now we watch global capitalism wreck the world and attempt to stay ahead of that wreckage clutching its profits. A subservient world kneels before it, praying that planet destroying jobs will fall their way. Will unrestrained global capitalism, with all the power and momentum on its side and motivated purely by machinelike harvesting of profits, reduce the faceless masses in its path to slavery? Does a duck shit in a pond?
By Joe Bageant
December 07, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010

Anti Wage-Slave, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 607, 608

In this economy, and specifically for those young people starting out in the job market, any job is better than no job.
Hara Estroff Marano
editor-at-large of Psychology Today
New York Times
And when you drag men, women and children to the gas chambers, you also do what you are told to do, is that it, little man?
Wilhelm Reich,
Listen, Little Man

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Workers Of The World

Monday, December 06, 2010


We have come to a point where we have no food, no money and no fate any more. We are trying hard to find work. Every day from early in the morning until late at night we search for work.

We are sending 10-20 resumes per day. I go through the phone books and send my resume to any company I believe would need a draftsperson or an AutoCAD designer. We religiously follow Craigslist job postings. I personally visited all of the firms I could find that would need someone with my expertise – nothing.

We both went through job search shops and had extensive meetings with our potential employers.

My wife and I are both educated, mature and intelligent people. I have more than 20 years of experience and at least an intermediate knowledge in several fields and software packages.

My wife, aside from having extensive experience in telemarketing and an university degree in linguistics, just took a course at Sprott-Shaw for a medical office assistant.

We have a 14-year-old son. We are now left with 78 cents – no money, no food and it is getting to us.

No, we don’t live in a remote part of Africa or anywhere similar. We live in Canada, in Victoria.
Neb Radojkovic

Victoria News
after 25 years of entrepreneuring and resume-building, when the economy tanked... even here in new york city... i applied for hundreds of jobs and got nary a callback, am now considered officially out-to-pasture.' had my wife not landed her good-paying project manager role at major ad agency after 13 months of no jobs... we'd now be homeless, dead. friends who helped us out then are now living with their moms. one of those staying with mom has all three sons with him there and all have degrees but no jobs at almost 30 except walmart-slave jobs... i don't think most folks get the picture of how bad this really is….

Unemployment in the euro zone rose in October to its highest level in more than 12 years, an official report showed Tuesday.
Unemployment Rises in Europe
New York Times
Published: November 30, 2010

Thursday, December 02, 2010

John Ralston-Saul, We Are In Surplus