I’m still wrestling with the teachings of Karl Marx, but I always go back to what I understand in regards to his teachings: the haves and the have nots. Isn’t this what Karl Marx looks at? Well, I know that I surely do! It’s always been hard for me to see who has while I don’t have. My parents taught me to work hard and get what I need. Unfortunately, I can’t always get what I need, even though I work hard, so why do I take my parents’ advice? Simply because they are my parents, that’s why. Daddy’s hard work surely didn’t prove that all needs can be met simply by working. Still, a worker can meet some needs with hard work, so an honest day’s work is all a worker has available to him/her, right?
Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case in this tough economy. The Huffington Post helps author John Perkins deliver a stunning report about how CEO’s are getting rich by ridding workers of their jobs. Even though many onlookers already know this, it’s still stunning to see the claim actually put into words and supported by names of companies and actual number figures. (Good job, Mr. Perkins!) So, what does Mr. Perkins tell us? He goes to great length to detail how some CEO’s are giving themselves bonuses to sweeten their already-large paychecks, all the while letting employees go. Perkins even provides a link to the top fifty companies that he claims are guilty of such actions.
Some of these companies are as follows: Wal-Mart, Verizon, and AT&T, according to the Institute for Policy Studies. While the list includes many more companies, these well-known companies land in the top 12 of the list. So, what can we do about it? Mr. Perkins tells us that we should stop using these companies and notify the companies as to why we’re not using them. That’s not all, though. Mr. Perkins wants us to tell the companies that we won’t use them again until they “change their ways,” according to The Huffington Post. Would such an action make any difference? Of course it would if all of America banded together and actually stopped using these companies, but is this really even a plausible solution?
Such an action would call many Americans to turn off their cell phones and stop buying from the very store that we’ve become dependent on: Wal-Mart. (Yes, it’s our fault folks, or at least partially, because we’ve allowed big business to push out small business, so big business seems to have us by the throats.) Americans simply will not give up the necessities and conveniences of life to punish these companies who are acting in an unethical manner, so what next? Do we sit back and do nothing? Do we continue to watch television documentaries of therich and the famous, knowing good well that some of the rich and the famous are getting rich and famous at our expense? I say no. I say that Mr. Perkins is right. We do need to start hollering, but how and to whom?
Institute for Policy Studies
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