There’s a Pernicious Economic Theory Creeping into the Heart of the Democratic Party


Alternet has the article There’s a Pernicious Economic Theory Creeping into the Heart of the Democratic Party.

Much of the Democratic Party’s rhetoric has been ‘Uberized’ by a creeping free-market ideology that treats workers as lone competitors in a survival-of-the-toughest economy.

The time has come to reject this language as well as the thinking behind it. The notion that people must compete with each for low-paying jobs undermines worker solidarity and weakens our sense of national community.
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Rather than asking workers to “compete” with each other, the new leaders of the American left should ask them to collaborate – in labor negotiations, in new forms of public service, in acts of selfless devotion to one another and the nation as a whole.

This article is close to the right idea, but there is a little something in the tone that doesn’t seem quite right to me.

I think what troubles me is that it is too nationalistic. People all over the world deserve a fair share the fruits of their efforts. There is no natural law that says that people in the USA deserve a higher standard of living in perpetuity. If we realize that the world ought to be organized so that it tends to give every one a fair chance, then I think we will be closer to the way things ought to be.

When the article talks about collaboration, it feels a little closer to the tone I would like to see than when it is talking against competition. Although, “selfless devotion to one another and the nation as a whole” goes a little too far for my liking.

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