David Harvey, who is a Marxist, agrees with me that the $15 minimum wage and the universal basic income are so loved by the major holders of capital because they are a huge gift to them at the expense of taxpayers. This is crystal clear to anybody with even the most basic understanding of the Marxist theory. Or anybody who says, “wait, this can’t be good,” when they hear the rich boys of the Silicone Valley applaud these proposals.
Harvey says that these Silicone Valley progressives “know their technologies are putting people out of work by the millions and that those millions will not form a market for their products.” So they need you and me to sustain the purchasing power of these millions of superfluous people because this is how public wealth is funneled into the Richie Riches’ pockets.
All of these supposedly progressive measures proposed by Sanders/Warren are a way to siphon public wealth into the pockets of the same rich whom Bernie and Warren keep denouncing.
And yes, of course, there is an alternative that protects the dispossessed and doesn’t end up handing over public money to these fucksters. It consists in limiting, through governmental intervention, “the vast amount of wealth appropriation occurring at the point of realisation.’ What that would look like in practice is discussed every evening on the Tucker Carlson show. Everybody else just reads from the Silicone Valley script.