Pluralistic: Precaratize bosses (19 Apr 2024)

Today’s links Precaratize bosses: When the ruling class tells you what motivates them, believe them the first time. Hey look at this: Delights to delectate. This day in history: 2004, 2009, 2019, 2023 Upcoming appearances: Where to find me. Recent appearances: Where I’ve been. Latest books: You keep readin’ em, I’ll keep writin’ ’em. Upcoming books: Like I said, I’ll keep writin’ ’em. Colophon: All the rest. Precaratize bosses (permalink) Combine Angelou’s “When someone shows you who they are, believe them” with the truism that in politics, “every accusation is a confession” and you get: “Every time someone accuses you of a vice, they’re showing you who they are and you should believe them.” Let’s talk about some of those accusations. Remember the moral panic over the CARES Act covid stimulus checks? Hyperventilating mouthpieces for the ruling class were on every cable network, complaining that “no one wants to work anymore.” The barely-submerged subtext was their belief that the only reason people show up for work is that they’re afraid of losing everything – their homes, their kids, the groceries in their fridge. This isn’t a new development. Back when Clinton destroyed welfare, his justification was that “handouts” make workers lazy. The way to goad workers off their sofas (and the welfare rolls) and into jobs was to instill fear in them: https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2018/03/welfare-childhood/555119/ This is also the firm belief of tech bosses: for them, mass tech layoffs are great news, because they terrorize the workers you don’t fire, so that…Pluralistic: Precaratize bosses (19 Apr 2024)

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