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I don't believe breathless government reports that "The US added X thousand jobs last quarter!!" as if that somehow proved "recovery". They don't mention how many of those jobs are full time jobs with benefits, versus how many full time jobs were throw out and replaced with multiple part time or temp jobs with no benefits.
When the Soviet Union and Mao's China were perceived as on the rise to take over the world, capitalists on our side went out of their way to argue how capitalism provided workers with not only freedom but a higher standard of living - who remembers the "Kitchen Debates" between Nixon and Kruschev. The Kubrick film Dr. Strangelove has the soviet leadership worrying about not only the missile gap but the "refrigerator gap" as well.
After the fall of the Berlin wall, with no need pretend anymore, the attitude has turned to 'we won, you have no alternatives, so we are going to squeeze you mercilessly.'
Unfortunately, what I see more and more in our young people is also the comeback of "they pretend to pay us and we pretend to work."
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Ken Eisold is a psychoanalyst and organizational consultant whose book about the unconscious, What You Don't Know You Know, came out in January.
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