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.
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.