My usual response was, "Yes, don't you want to pay the lowest price possible for the things you buy?"
"But these are people!" he would exclaim.
"Yes, these are people selling labor. What is your point?" I would reply.
|Teacher's Union Thugs|
"Yes, C. they are people. Nobody is proposing they sell themselves to be sawn up, their fat rendered into soap and their ribs sold to upscale eateries. At least nobody outside of Red China or North Korea. They are people who can do things and other people need to purchase those skills. Now, why should I purchase those skills for a price that is higher than the price an equally skilled person is willing to provide?"
"But, but, it costs a certain amount of money to live around here."
"It sure does! Now, why should I have to put my family in hardship to pay someone $20/hr. to work in the widget factory when there are a dozen more who will do the same work, at an acceptable quality level, for $2/hr?"
"But you can't live on $2/hr. around here!"
"No kidding, so if my factory is only making me $20/day with $20/hr. labor, I need to reduce a cost. So maybe I need to automate."
"Nobody suggested $20/hr . . ."
|The erotic allure of automation.|
"Wow, it sounds like there is some actual thinking going on in that head of yours, JT. This deserves further study."
"I thought this was your field of study and where the hell do you get off calling me a Nazi whenever we start talking about this? There is not a Socialist bone in my body!" I could get a little animated too, when we got into the second pitcher of beer.
|I never got into that look.|
"Yet. And why do you call them Socialists?"
"It is in their name and they did the same shit as the Communists."
"The Communists didn't have concentration camps."
"So you want to talk about FDR now?"
|Gulags were different than concentration camps?|
"What do you think the Gulags were?"
"Well, the Communists used unions."
"No, the Nazis reorganized unions, the Communists eliminated them. One of the first things Castro did was completely eliminate trade unions."
"I need to look into that."
"Along with everything else besides welding, apparently."
Of course, I was wrong about a few things too, back then. Like who created National Socialism, or wrongly thinking that Mussolini was as equally guilty as Hitler for the Holocaust.
|"Captive Factory Girls 2: The Revolt"|
|Milton Friedman Explains It All|