People Owning People Is NEVER Okay

Joel Bakan - Why I can't find the phrase "fiduciary responsibility" on Joel's website is beyond me. I go through this all the time. I know the resources. They are just too damned difficult to work with sometimes. Try using ZNet's search feature for example. Anyway...

Joel Bakan – Why I can’t find the phrase “fiduciary responsibility” on Joel’s website is beyond me. I go through this all the time. I know the resources. They are just too damned difficult to work with sometimes. Try using ZNet’s search feature for example. Anyway…

Bosses shouldn’t ask sick workers for doctor’s notes: OMA | Toronto Star.

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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[Scott] Wooder gets about two requests a day for doctor’s notes from patients seeking to justify sick days to an employer. Extrapolating that experience province-wide, Wooder estimates there could be “tens of thousands” of doctor’s visits for sick notes every day at drop-in clinics, emergency rooms and family practices.

“(These visits) are expensive, they’re unnecessary and they put other people at risk,” said Wooder.

“We don’t have resources in the health care system to police absenteeism for employers.”

John Kiru, executive director of the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas, said he respects an individual’s right to stay home to get healthy, but if someone is away for several days it’s entirely reasonable to demand a doctor’s note.

“You’re running a business. You’ve got some expectations for people to show up, and rightly so,” he said.
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My online response to the above linked-to article follows:

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People should not own other people. Period. If we have designed a system where that’s a feature of it, then the question isn’t whether a boss can require his employees to prove their illness to him or her. The question is whether a system should exist that answers yes to that question. And the answer to ‘that’ question is: NO!

This civilization isn’t civilized. At the center of it is slavery. It doesn’t matter whether it’s not called that and it doesn’t matter whether it’s tolerable in some places and intolerable in others. Human civilization 2014 looks like this: 1. the paradigm of ‘riches for the strongest’, a game in which there ‘has to be’ losers 2. slavery 3. a money system, which only exists so that some can have more money, and more of what it buys (life), than others.

Invest your soul in this sick system, this corporatocracy, and don’t expect to be around when it is destroyed, which, if there’s a God, it has to be.
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The business person above has a perverse sense of entitlement. His class has destroyed the liveable earth and caused, and is causing, untold misery for millions (billions?). Neoliberal capitalism is ripe capitalism and features the complete abandonment of the people by the political class which is completely captured by powerful, special capitalist interests who don’t care. As documentarians explain, corporations are psychopathic. They are comprised of macho, uncaring capitalists who don’t care how they survive, but only that ‘they’ do. They are okay with exploitation of people and the environment. They are, conveniently, believers in inequality and they have managed to have their greed codified in law. I’m referring to fiduciary responsibility. (If multinationals decide to make less money, by being socially responsible, than they clearly could make not being socially responsible, that violates their legal ‘fiduciary responsibility’ to maximize profits, period.) They don’t care how they survive, after deciding that that path’s acceptable, and therefore they don’t care how they make money, since they are believers in and supporters of the money system the people are suffering in. Adam Smith, as Noam Chomsky explains, summed it up perfect. They hew to the vile maxim: Everything for us and nothing for others.

The core problem here isn’t even the perverted, imperfect system that those believers in inequality prefer and defend. The core problem here is them.

I use the analogy of a poor family. The poor family stands in, in this analogy, for the imperfect human race. ‘If’ the family has love and looks out for each other, then the poverty can be mostly overcome. When your brother, father, friend, neighbor, is there for you when you fall, then you can’t fall. Capitalists know that very well and are great at looking after each other. They do socialism wonderfully, collectively society-building and collectively problem solving. But as believers in inequality, they only do it for themselves and those who they feel they need in order to survive themselves. They don’t believe in socialism for all. Which is to say that they don’t believe in capitalism for all. It’s all the same. It has nothing to do with the system that we imperfect humans create. It has to do with how we treat each other. And, if you accept it, It has to do with our attitude to God. We can reject him because it’s inconvenient to be loyal to him. Or we can acknowledge him, convenient or not, because it’s the right thing to do.

The house of the poor family is rickety. The roof leaks. Things need fixing. There’s not much in the way of fun about it. There’s no rec room or swimming pool or other expensive toys. But everyone is safe and relatively healthy because everyone cares about everyone.

“Everyone, then, who acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father who is in the heavens. But whoever disowns me before men, I will also disown him before my Father who is in the heavens. Do not think I came to bring peace to the earth; I came to bring, not peace, but a sword. For I came to cause division, with a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. Indeed, a man’s enemies will be those of his own household. Whoever has greater affection for father or mother than for me is not worthy of me; and whoever has greater affection for son or daughter than for me is not worthy of me.” -Jesus Christ (Matthew chapter 10) That applies to the family of man, which also includes bosses and workers, neoliberals and social justice activists.

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