is association by pure mutual consent... In my utopia, all interactions would be voluntary, and force would be deemed acceptable only in defense. It would seem that you do not share my vision. From your comments, it appears that you support strict governmental enforcement of what you deem as fairness. Unfortunately, people in general are very poor judges of fairness when it involves large groups. The rights that you are giving to employees result in bondage of employers. While this may seem all fine and good to you in the context of big evil corporations, how does this fit into your framework when the employer is a friend of yours that operates a small business of just a few people? Will every financial decision that he makes be subject to your assessment of fairness, and vetoed if it doesn't pass muster? That doesn't sound like freedom to me.
You state that if "[you are] busting [your] ass, [you] expect to see an equal share of the profits returned to [you]." I have a question for you... When you're collecting a salary, do you expect to see an equal share of the losses if things go sour? I assume you don't, and thus you should not expect to share equally in the profits when things go well. There must be a direct correlation between risk and reward, or society will fail to encourage people to take necessary risks. Your reward should be tied to three things: the level of your expertise, the supply of people of with the ability to perform your job, and the risk that you are taking in the venture. To enforce the equal distribution of profits to employees with total disregard to these variables makes no sense.
Recently, I sunk several thousand dollars into seeding a software consulting business. I spent money on hardware, and I'm continuing to spend money on upkeep, and paying people to do work for me. It is presently growing in a healthy fashion, but still making a small monthly loss. Meanwhile, the people who work for me collect their money, and then merrily go on their way. If my business folds, then I will have lost several thousand dollars, spent months making other people profit, and I will be left with nothing but a lesson in how not to run a business. If, however, the business brings in tens of thousands of dollars in profits, then that profit will be mine, and I will not be sharing it with those who took no risk in this endeavor. Does this strike you as so terribly unfair an arrangement?
Instead of lamenting the lack of co-ops, why don't you go out and start one yourself? Nobody is stopping you. Gather up some people you trust, get everyone to put in some seed capital, roll up your sleeves and get to work. If this is what you see as an ideal setup, then get out there and create it.
As for India sucking away tech jobs... I'm really not worried about it. Indeed much tech work will be outsourced to India, but by no stretch of the imagination will it be all of it. What is and will continue to be outsourced is bulk, straightforward, gruntwork type stuff that can be churned out factory style. The talented people in America need not have any substantial worries. The people who merely have two years' training in web design from a tech school are indeed in trouble. C'est la vie.
So go the ramblings of this godless libertarian...
It's not much fun at the top. I envy the common people, their hearty meals and Bruce Springsteen and voting. --SIGNOR SPAGHETTI
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