New Yorkers alternate wildly between lawless permissiveness and totalitarian repression.
How can anyone live there? The squalor of that city depresses me.
“The sudden decision to cut the healthcare benefits for hundreds of part-time employees at Amazon-owned Whole Foods… came just a few weeks after Bezos signed on to a statement that committed to invest in workers.”
This decision is “hypocritical of Bezos,” says Bob Bryan.
Who cares?! These workers are just factors of production that are compensated according to what they are worth — ultimately, to me. From my point of view as a consumer, it is irrelevant what Amazon spends on labor and capital, as long as it delivers the goods.
The less Amazon spends on wages and rents and so on, the more it will be able to pass the savings onto me. So, cut, cut with my blessings.
“The move was roundly criticized online, with commentators pointing out that not only is Amazon one of the most valuable companies in the world, but that Bezos himself is the wealthiest man on Earth.”
And how is that relevant? Is Bezos supposed to donate his own money to workers as if to charity? Do that, and he won’t be the wealthiest man on Earth for long. In any case, his wealth is mostly invested precisely into Amazon and not in the form of a Scrooge McDuck-style money bin full of gold.
Even if there is a money bin, by hoarding cash, Bezos causes a slight voluntary money supply deflation that results in lower prices for me. What’s not to like?
Until now I only heard this tune in “When Johnny Comes Marching Home,” a US Civil War song.
Lew Rockwell today links to the original: Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye, performed by the Irish Rovers.
To change an anti-war song into a pro-war song; I’m astonished by the audacious perversity of this insolence.
St. Thomas depreciated the active life in favor of the contemplative life because in his time, there existed neither the theory of action (economics) nor its practice (perpetual improvement within the free market).
The redemption of the human active life came to fruition only upon the emergence of capitalism.
The current identitarian craze consists in people glorying in their own vices and ugliness.
An uncomplicated case in point. The state and its connected medical doctors have destroyed the people’s health with terrible medical advice.
Large parts of the population are morbidly obese. It is certainly painful to be hideously misshapen. But even more unpleasant is the process of wising up and losing weight.
What is to be done in this desperate situation? Why, declare fat to be beautiful. Clever if implausible and probably futile in the end.
Politics may be downstream from culture, but it is also different.
One can resist culture; but politics is coercive: resist it and go to jail.
One can contribute his own ideas and creations to culture; one can’t create his own politics: there is no avoiding violence.
At the very least, one may have to seek control over the machinery of state for reasons of self-defense, precisely so that he doesn’t get crushed by the enforcers.
If conservatives were not complete wimps, they’d go on the offensive, repealing federal gun laws.
As usual, however, they can only halfheartedly delay for a bit some especially obnoxious legislation.
Bob Murphy wrote in an early article something to the effect that some countries persecuted Jews; others, homosexuals; this country persecuted people, too, but it focused on communists.
Which is almost a badge of honor.