June 29, 2014 by socialaction2014
A letter a day to number 10. No 784.
Monday 30 June 2014. Poverty is power for those who create and maintain it.
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Dear Mr Cameron,
Poverty is power for those who create it. That’s all Iain Duncan Smith’s and Lord Freud’s sanctions are, control of people through poverty. The great god profit is the abuse of people, the work ‘force’, for the wealth of our labour. Profit is theft!
Nothing reveals this more than the adoption of the minimum wage by employers as the gold standard wage level. The minimum wage was meant to be the very least that employers must provide, in law, as wages but employers have adopted it as a standard level of pay to maximise profits at the expense of the workforce.
But it is also so much more than that. Businesses are run on the same basis as plantation owners used who exploited and drove the slave trade. Labour for profit, and that attitude, despite the abolition of slavery, has not changed. That is the attitude that drives ‘the free market economy’. Those who produce wealth have the least wealth, what people produce is taken from them and a token is given back.
That is the very basis of class warfare and slavery, the exploitation of labour, businesses and corporations exploiting people for profit. It is in the interests of businesses to pay people just enough to keep them tied to their jobs, to keep them coming back. The failure in imagination of that kind of thinking is the same thinking that drove the slave trade, treating people as objects, which is how the term ‘human resources’ came about. ‘Human resources’ is an insult to humanity. People deserve respect, not exploitation. The minimum wage is an insult.
Why are managers paid more than workers? Because they are paid to control the workers and yet their salaries are paid by the workers who are the real wealth producers in every company.
Every penny that we, ordinary people, receive as pay and every penny that we spend is subject to taxation on which your livelihood, as prime minister, and the entire structure of parliament, depends and yet our reward is austerity, minimum wage, sanctions, oppression. We are demonised by those who control us, ordinary people are treated as the enemy within, because we are regarded as the enemy of profit. Workers look forward to pay day because they are paid so little everything hinges on pay day, and they are glad when it arrives, little realising that their pitiful wages keep them on the hook of exploitation. — in Peasedown Saint John.