Economic Success Based on “Greater Worker Insecurity”

Corporate OverlordsSo when Alan Greenspan was testifying before Congress in 1997 on the marvels of the economy he was running, he said straight out that one of the bases for its economic success was imposing what he called “greater worker insecurity.”

If workers are more insecure,

that’s very “healthy” for the society,

because if workers are insecure

they won’t ask for wages,

they won’t go on strike,

they won’t call for benefits;

they’ll serve the masters gladly and passively.

And that’s optimal for corporations’ economic health.

 How do you ensure “greater worker insecurity”?

By not guaranteeing employment,

by keeping people hanging on a limb

that can be sawed off at any time,

so that they’d better shut up, take tiny salaries, and do their work;

and if they get the gift of being allowed to serve

under miserable conditions for another year,

they should welcome it and not ask for any more.

That’s the way you keep societies efficient and healthy from the point of view of the corporations.

There it is, the truth is out… Corporations and the high-level people that control our economy believe that “greater worker insecurity” is “healthy” for society.

Think about that. Your “suffering to just get by everyday” and your “job insecurity” is “healthy” for society… You are truly a worker bee and nothing else.

ARE YOU MAD YET?

When Reagan took office in 1981, he started the movement of cutting taxes on corporations and the super-wealthy and tearing down America’s social safety net of government services. That began the transition from a collective society where everyone, including corporations, paid their fair share, and society prospered together; to the current socioeconomic classes of “haves” and “have not’s.”

We have now endured over 30 years of conservative policy-making based on greed, self-centeredness, corporate worship, and shrinking government services in the name of privatization. We now find ourselves in a society where no amount of wealth at the top is enough and no amount of suffering at the bottom is too much.

ARE YOU MAD YET?

How many times have you heard someone say “you should just be thankful you have a job?” While workers pay has stagnated, benefits are disappearing, and job insecurity is a constant threat; corporate profits, productivity, and CEO pay continues to sky-rocket at a record-setting pace.

So, I guess their principle is accurate because the “greater worker insecurity” of the 99% is definitely making the 1% of society “healthy!”

ARE YOU MAD YET?

One final thought for you… If you have ever thought or said to someone else “what has happened to our country; how did we get did we let this happen?”; well now you know. This “greater worker insecurity” principle employed by our government and their corporate masters is a strategy to keep you “insecure and needy.” That’s right, your suffering is “intentional!”

ARE YOU MAD YET?

IF NOT, THEN STOP COMPLAINING AND GO SERVE YOUR MASTERS!

Source: Remarks given by Noam Chomsky via Skype on 4 February 2014 to a gathering of members and allies of the Adjunct Faculty Association of the United Steelworkers in Pittsburgh, PA.  www.CounterPunch.org

9 thoughts on “Economic Success Based on “Greater Worker Insecurity”

    • Thank you for the link, Farnsworth, I will check that out. I was also puzzled when I saw this so-called “quote” today. The language is childish, and the opinion is silly. So did Rational Opinions Blog make it up, or copy it uncritically? If the latter, from whom? We really need to know. I think we have a right to know. So tell us, please.

      • I am the author of the article. While interested in your sarcastic opinion of my style and opinion, I would rather hear your opinion on the problem itself. If you had read my post completely, I posted the source as follows: “Source: Remarks given by Noam Chomsky via Skype on 4 February 2014 to a gathering of members and allies of the Adjunct Faculty Association of the United Steelworkers in Pittsburgh, PA. Www.counterpunch.org. I researched this myself after seeing an infographic with Greenspans pic and statements. My opinion and comments are based on Noam Chomsky’s comments, who I admire and follow. I suggest you research him. I’m still interested in your opinion of the problem if you have one.

  1. I read the testimony and the quote is not in there. Comments on worker insecurity are. The quote “…because if workers are insecure they won’t ask for wages, they won’t go on strike, they won’t call for benefits; they’ll serve the masters gladly and passively.” Was this a response to a question? I read Noam Chomsky’s comments as well. I question because sometimes there are tall tales on the net.

    • Joe, yes I do think these comments may have been a response to a question or an interpretation of the “worker insecurity” comment. The point I wanted to make was this was whole “worker insecurity” principle was identified over 15 years ago and has only gotten worse.

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