Previously Published in The Socialist online www.thesocialist.us
You know what sucks? Competing for jobs.
I am looking for a job right now and I was already passed up for one
because someone else was “more experienced.” In this tight job market
where there are a lot of qualified job applicants and not a lot of jobs,
it means that employers get the pick of the litter, but it also means
many people will go without jobs.
Without jobs we can’t afford to pay for things. And that means fewer
people to buy products, services, etc. It doesn’t help the economy when a
lot of people are unemployed. And it sure doesn’t help people, who are
struggling. More and more these days, people are slipping below the
poverty line as income inequality grows exponentially.
Why do we have to compete for jobs? Well, because capitalism says so.
Capitalism says that we should compete for jobs, for housing, and for
just about everything in life. Capitalism dictates that competition is
good. But last time I checked, it’s not.
In fact, I wish we were a cooperation-based society. That way
everyone would get a job doing meaningful work. We’re all hired! And
those with more experience would mentor those with less. And everyone
would collaborate on a team and would have an equal say in our work and
share equally what our labor produced.
You know what else sucks? That capitalism forces us to take jobs we
don’t like or don’t want to do. Capitalism says “take whatever job is
offered to you and be grateful you have a job!” Even if it’s a job that
overworks you and is soul-crushing, physically painful, mind-numbing and
Capitalism doesn’t care what you are passionate about, what makes you
happy, or ignites your inner spirit. Capitalism says if you don’t do
this job then you can starve. That’s the bitter taste of force.
Of course capitalism will try to trick you into thinking you have a
choice. A choice to work for corporation A or B. A choice to work a job
that exploits you in this town or the one next to it. But what kind of
choice is that?
Capitalism doesn’t care about your feelings, your talents, skills, or
contributions. Capitalism only cares about making money off of you. And
if you can’t make someone else money, well capitalism sees you as
I don’t want to compete for jobs I don’t want. I want to get hired to
do a job that I want to do and be paid what I am worth— a living wage. I
want to be treated like a human being, not a commodity. If anyone
should gain from my labor it should be the people I serve in my
community, not a master called a boss.
Forget this! I am ready to trade in this crappy system for one that
makes me come alive. And competition and force just ain’t getting it for
me. Sign me up for socialism!