mission: small business

Hey all– due to the moves against net neutrality we’re about to start feeling, I’d like to remind you where to find me online! All my social media are under the handle @laurenkellyintuitive. My snapchat isn’t very active yet, but you can go ahead and add @lk-intuitive. If you lose access to one, I promise you can find me on another. I’ll keep adapting no matter what. 💖  Please contact your representatives and the FCC and remind them net neutrality is not only the right thing to do by individual citizens… it’s vital to the growth and conducting of small business in the twenty-first century. To move against net neutrality is absolutely not pro-business. Let’s make that abundantly clear.

anonymous asked:

So I think I more or less understand the concept of wage is theft, but I'm curious how it applies to small business owners who start from nothing. I'll use myself as an example since I understand it best and I think it's closest to what I's wondering. I'm a creative, my product is consumed because people like my work, it serves no purpose other than enjoyment. I started by buying a few basic tools, making something, selling it, buying new tools. (1. Cont)

(cont from 1) I’ve built my business to its current point in this way, using the capital produced from my own labor. Now such a point is far away, but if I at some point needed someone to help me with my work to keep up with demand, assuming we do the same amount of work and I pay them a living wage, is my making a profit still theft? Considering that I made all the investments to acquire the means of production, both in labor and in personal capital. (2 cont.)

(cont from 2) It seems like at that point, if we were compensated the same for the fruit of our labor, that it would be discounting my investment of time and labor. I’m not sure how to frame this as a question but hopefully you understand what I’m getting at? Thank you.

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Yes, you making profit through the labor of another person is still a form of theft. The person you hire would need to generate more through their labor than you end up paying them, and the difference between those two things would be your accrued profit. Everything you described at the beginning of your ask is a needless complication created by the capitalist economic system – capitalism demands that you invest, compete, reinvest, compete, and so on, and a person from a lower income bracket risking their money in a scenario like that can be rough. But that doesn’t mean, when you hire someone, that you profiting off of someone else’s labor isn’t theft like all other examples of capitalist exploitation. You might have much more difficulty than a big business capitalist, and the exploitation might not be as extreme, but the labor/surplus appropriation/profit process is still the same. 

I understand your points, and I’m glad you can at least empathize with the central point of capitalist wage theft. But here’s my question to you, Anon:

You recognize that bosses accumulate wealth off the backs of their workers, and you also seem to recognize that capitalism essentially forces you to exploit another person’s labor if you want your small business to stay viable. If you want your business to grow and be more secure, you’ll likely have to exploit more and more workers over time. With that in mind, why support capitalism at all? It’s a system that reproduces and rewards the exploitation of labor, essentially requiring that all bosses dominate workers in some capacity just to stay in business. It’s a vicious cycle and you seem to understand it.

The system is toxic and we need to build the socialist alternative. You mentioned you enjoy creating things for other people, Anon – what if I told you that socialism was about settling the necessities of society through democratic control of utilities, distributing according to social needs and individual interests, building up to a scenario where individuals can then put their creative labor to use however they see fit after those material faculties are covered? We’re fast approaching a point where technology could weed out human labor en masse, so why not take control of the automation and divvy up the otherwise necessary work among communities, in turn cutting down the work week and freeing up our time for things we enjoy doing? You get rid of that poisonous “invest, exploit, compete, reinvest, exploit, compete” cycle and you remove enjoyable labor from that cycle, thus simplifying it. You would be able to put your creativity to use for other people all you want, free from the realm of economic necessity and labor exploitation. 

A more fleshed-out picture of this socialist alternative will start to take shape as more people jump on board to that initial vision. We need people actively building this alternative in their communities and declaring it in political manifestos. I have an undying faith in the human condition, leading me to know that we’d be able to pull this vision off once people understand the basic premise. Question a system that demands that you exploit other people’s labor in order to stay in business, Anon – maybe, just maybe, that system is detrimental to the human condition. 

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