Shklar in her book American Citizenship draws a very clear line between slavery and what many people call being a wage slave. In her eyes simply having the right to earn and retain wages for labor is a huge step up from being considered a piece of property. However many of my classmates have made the case that being a wage slave is not much better. As you are living paycheck to paycheck and completely dependent upon the good graces of their employers to get by.
I completely disagree with this argument. For one i like not being whipped and literally bred for work. Secondly, i like having the ability to quit and the opportunity to seek out better employment. Most of you would think that i am simply brainwashed or otherwise spitting out the jargon that i am told by the “evil corporations” but again, where did you get your nifty slogan? Pop culture, and as a result you can buy all kinds of neat stuff sporting the slogan from tee shirts to coffee mugs. So it would seem you are supporting you enemy on this.
Also, yes i do think my job sucks but look at it realistically. I do unskilled and predominantly non- physically demanding labor. So do i truly deserve to be paid significantly more? No not really, considering i work 15 hours a week and have to for the most part put in minimal effort. If i wanted to i could try to become a bank teller and make 10-12 hourly but i really don’t want to. Or i could work somewhere that pays tips such as doing delivery. But again, not overly worth it.
And again with reference to Shklar, as a citizen you are very much more free than an actual slave. We willingly make ourselves “wage slaves” by buying things we do not need. I.E. shopping at Urban outfitters and A&F etc. or going out to eat all the time. If we were truly slaves none of this would be allowed to us. We find ways to enslave ourselves to our things. Don’t get me wrong i love my things but in the end are we really enslaved or are we infatuated?
The 99% movement wanted better jobs, more of them and less corporate influence in DC. My question to anyone holding this view is who is going to create these sustainable good paying jobs? And if you want to ban lobbyists that’s fine i never liked PETA or the ACLU all that much anyway. But anyway that’s just my two cents.