Job Wars Become Very Real

When manufacturing jobs were outsourced and the workers found themselves unwanted, they took it like the working classes always do, by directing the rage inwards. They drank and drugged themselves to death, destroyed their families and their communities, and interiorized their shame.

Then, as I’ve been saying for years, the same thing started to happen in educated professions. First, journalism and academia. Then techie professions. Then everybody else in the educated creative class.

But as usually happens, the bourgeoisie feels a lot more comfortable in the world, and its reaction was to exteriorize the anger. The educated classes didn’t blame themselves. They blamed the workers for being too racist and too evil and somehow magically causing all this. They blamed “society.” They started trashing somebody else’s neighborhoods and destroying other people’s lives.

The white-collar job wars that I have been talking about for a decade have turned into real wars. There’s not only symbolic violence but a very real one.

It’s ultimately going to be as useless and as self-defeating as the working class’s opioid epidemic. But it’s a reaction to the same phenomenon.

25 thoughts on “Job Wars Become Very Real”

  1. On FB I was asked to list 10 books that were important to me. La rebelión de las masas is one of them. As I was remembering OyG I could not help but to think that we are now experimenting La rebelión de las élites. Of course FB was not the platform to expatiate on that idea.

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    1. Such a great article, cliff!

      The difinition of a democracy as a regime in which no “force except ‘the force of the better argument’ should influence outcomes” sounds great.

      If somebody doesn’t have time to read it all, the central idea of the article is here:

      // The rich…. defunded, notes journalist David Sirota, range from the Consumer Products Safety Commission — the agency that “polices industries to make sure their products don’t harm or kill people” — to the Environmental Protection Agency, the agency that polices corporate polluters.

      “Apparently,” comments Sirota, “we’re expected to be horrified by proposals to reduce funding for the militarized police forces that are violently attacking peaceful protesters — but we’re supposed to obediently accept the defunding of the police forces responsible for protecting the population from the wealthy and powerful.”

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      1. “much more profound battle over public priorities has broken out in the weeks since the police brutality that murdered George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. Advocates for racial justice across the United States have been calling on the nation to “defund the police,” and they’ve been working hard to make the case for that defunding. They’re developing policy proposals. They’re debating how to articulate goals that resonate with as many Americans as possible.

        These advocates must make this outreach. They have no choice. They lack the “superior economic power” of the super rich. They can only realize their vision for public safety by convincing a broad public that they truly do have a better argument.”

        Erm, what?

        The rich this article describes and the “defund the police” folks are the same people.

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        1. “The rich this article describes and the “defund the police” folks are the same people”

          I think the author either wants to believe that part of the “defund the police” people are acting in good faith against abuses (or is too afraid to indicate that he doesn’t think that). I assume that pretty much all “defund the police” people are acting out of active malice or gargantuan stupidity.

          And I’m pretty sure I’ve never heard of a poor minority neighborhood that didn’t want more policing. It’s the rich dilettantes and a few local crooks that push that kind of nonsense.

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          1. Exactly.

            On a semi-related note, I visited my Union’s FB page today and I wish I didn’t. The union – which consists 100% of professors – is trying to force the administration to police students’ social media for any disagreement with BLM. The administration is resisting and even involved the legal department to protect itself from having to do it.

            The professors in question seem utterly oblivious to the possibility that the second the administration assumes the role of punishing social media speech, there will be zero reason for it not to police the faculty social media. Including the FB page of the union itself.

            Once again, it’s the administration that is resisting it with everything they’ve got. Obviously, I don’t believe the admin is doing it out of some quixotic sense of goodness. They don’t want to deal with civil rights violation lawsuits. Still, the irony is galling.

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            1. // The union – which consists 100% of professors – is trying to force the administration to police students’ social media for any disagreement with BLM. The administration is resisting and even involved the legal department to protect itself from having to do it.

              This is the strangest thing I’ve read here in years. \huge eyes

              What does the union want the admins to do if they discover ‘compromising materials’? And who gets to decide when the line is crossed?

              Btw, shouldn’t the union fight for your rights, f.e. protecting professors’ freedom of speech ensured in the First Amendment of the US Constitution ? It seems like they would gladly welcome the administration policing their own social media; otherwise, their behavior makes no sense at all.

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              1. The union has been great on fighting for our salary raises. I didn’t get a raise in years and now I suddenly get raises and even back pay. I’m very grateful to the union for this.

                Also, until now the Union has been very conscious of the need to protect our union-related discussions from the administration.

                But this BLM thing, it’s like everybody went nuts all of a sudden. The administration has been very reasonable on BLM. They issued a stock statement and forgot about it. But faculty are completely insane. Interestingly, the ones who have been the most insane on COVID are also the most insane on the BLM.

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              2. ” who gets to decide when the line is crossed?”

                Look up Robin DiAngelo on youtube and mentally replace every reference to blacks with jews….. that’s who.

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    1. It wasn’t me who wrote it, I promise. It’s so identical to what I always say because people from my part of the world with pretty much zero exceptions are recognizing what’s going on. It’s not a metaphor or a way of speaking. It’s how we really feel.

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    2. “Americans have discovered the way in which fear of collective disapproval breeds self-censorship and silence, which impoverish public life and creative work. The double life one ends up leading—one where there is a growing gap between one’s public and private selves—eventually begins to feel oppressive.” This is how I feel and how my parter feels. We have to lead a double life.

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  2. Regarding the current protests, I’ve been reading a self defense site and found 2 terms which may be applicable to the situation: stress violence and (my favorite) Disneyland State Of Mind.

    TERM 1 – (Economy and) Stress Violence

    On the surface one would think: Economic hard times = more robberies and burglaries. Except that isn’t the whole picture. In fact, that’s just a small percentage of bad economy = more crimes. [… ] what goes through the roof are behaviors — that while illegal — are not necessarily criminal in intent.
    In these economic hard times, you’re going to see a lot more of what we call ‘stress violence.’
    http://www.nononsenseselfdefense.com/stressviolence.htm

    TERM 2 – Disneyland State Of Mind

    Stress violence alone doesn’t provide the entire explanation since many young people toppling statues (with some getting killed by a statue falling on them) and camping in CHOP zone in Seattle behave a bit as during a carnival. The author of that site talks of ‘Modern Romans’ enjoying ‘slumming’ among ‘Modern Barbarians’ while assuming nobody has a right to hurt them because of social rules they themselves aren’t following during this ‘fun time.’

    // Disneyland State Of Mind
    So what is the DSOM?

    The short version is it’s a toxic blend of assumption of safety, intoxication, rights, self-righteousness, freedom of consequences, fun-as-a-right, excitment and “Nobody better try to tell me ‘no.'”
    ….
    How far can this go? I was in Boulder when the U.C. students rioted over the police crack down on under-aged drinking and public intoxication. Wait, what? Yep. They trashed “The Hill” because the cops were interrupting their right to party.

    This is — hands down — violence. It’s also more than just anger. It’s is a committed, self-righteous and morally outraged fury. HOW DARE YOU INTERFERE WITH THEIR FUN! YOU MUST BE PUNISHED!

    All the nattering on about rights, assumptions, adrenaline, and attitudes was the build up to this. We are talking a fanatical rage that justifies whatever they do to you. It’s okay because you dared to interfere/tell them no/ humiliated them/ did something they didn’t like.

    They will go off on you. It’s going to take a lot of force to stop them.

    I’ve repeatedly said that DSOM isn’t inherently violent, but it’s right next door. The person in this state is young, entitled, excited, fixated on fun, certain and most likely on something. All the elements there for it to flip into rage and violence are there.

    And it doesn’t take much for that flip to happen. It can occur over something small and stupid. It can happen over something wrong and unreasonable. It happen over just being told ‘no.’ But whatever triggers it, it’s going to happen fast and it will be committed.

    http://www.nononsenseselfdefense.com/DSOM.htm#DSOM

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    1. The US economy right now is slightly better than it was for the last 4 years of Obama. And it’s a lot better than it was for the first 4 years of Obama. So I discard the bad economy explanation.

      As for the rest, I believe that human beings by nature are predisposed to this behavior. They don’t need a reason to do it. They need a reason not to. This is currently a socially approved, heroicized behavior. So they engage in it.

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      1. // The US economy right now is slightly better than it was for the last 4 years of Obama. And it’s a lot better than it was for the first 4 years of Obama.

        Really? Then why isn’t Trump mentioning it at all? Shouldn’t he be talking non-stop about it, especially when the protesters complain about their hard lives and being economically marginalized? (Even when the activists and the robbers use SJW terms re racist discrimination, stealing stuff points to the economic dimension.)

        Saw a black protester on TV complaining about poverty and saying they’ll take things (meaning steal) if they don’t get an opportunity to earn honestly.

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        1. Actually, he is. That’s all he ever talks about. 🙂 It took a pandemic, a closure of the economy, and weeks of rioting and looting to bring the economy to where it was after 8 years of Obama.

          Before COVID, African American unemployment was the lowest in recorded history. The same for Hispanics. The same for women. The same for Asians. The biggest number of black-owned businesses was created under Trump.

          This is Trump’s favorite talking point. Another is that he – and not Obama – conducted a criminal justice reform and set free a huge number of overcharged and unfairly arrested blacks.

          Trump is obsessed with winning 15% of the black vote. If he does it, it will be an incredible achievement for a Republican presidential candidate.

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          1. We don’t hear about it as much because nobody is reporting it. Did you know that he met in private yesterday with the parents of black victims after which the mother Ahmaud Arbery praised him to the skies? Have you heard about Blexit?

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            1. // Did you know that he met in private yesterday with the parents of black victims after which the mother Ahmaud Arbery praised him to the skies? Have you heard about Blexit?

              No, I don’t follow politics that closely. Mainly, from your blog and a few other blogs. Now checked re Blexit.

              // Look up Robin DiAngelo on youtube and mentally replace every reference to blacks with jews….

              Don’t see how Jews suit. Checked one article and her focus is all on whites – black people may as well as not exist.

              The only reference to blacks was:

              “They said, ‘We don’t want our kids in classes with those kids.’ … The absence of black and brown bodies is perceived as value to white folks.”

              May be, it’s me, but the word ‘body’ makes one think of corpses, specifically of one photo from a history book showing a heap of murdered Jews in Auschwitz I still remember vividly from 9th grade. (Whether such photos should be included in textbooks for junior high students is another question and a potentially interesting one for discussion.)

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              1. This whole thing with “black and brown bodies” is very dehumanizing. But since the bodies themselves don’t seem to mind, they are welcome to it.

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              2. “Don’t see how Jews suit”

                Her whole shtick is ridiculing blacks and speaking about them with contempt under the cover of being ‘anti-racist’. I might do a post on how she does it in a few days. They aren’t techniques that everyone is aware of but once you know them they are unmistakable.

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  3. // I might do a post on how she does it in a few days.

    That would’ve been fascinating. Will be glad to read, if you write on the issue 🙂

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      1. // Where did my comment on the Atlanta cop being charged with capital murder go? Can anybody see it?

        No. My comments take a few minutes to appear as well. For instance, I saw my own comment only after you responded to it a few minutes before.

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