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Yonatan Zunger: The radical idea that people have value
Human beings have value beyond their industrial productivity, and that people’s labor has value beyond what they receive in wages
People are more than “human resources” — an expense to be managed so that the “true owners” of a joint enterprise, its stockholders, can receive their just dividends.
Free trade is a profoundly enriching force in our society — but only when the trade is actually free. And in today’s world, trade is not free because the inequality distorts it. The wealthy are using unfree trade to make others more dependent upon them.
The great differences in wealth in our society were not created by fundamental differences in people, but by earlier differences in wealth and power: the wealthy are using unfree trade to make others more dependent upon them.
When we weaken people’s ability to say “no,” we take power from them and put it in the hands of people who can demand things from them; we take wealth from them, we take time from them, we take the very energy of life from them.
Source: Yonatan’s blog