In the July 22 New York Times, “IBM Explores Shift of White-Collar Jobs Overseas” talks about how upset people are that IBM wants to stop hiring Americans and move jobs to India. An interesting question, though, is whether the people working at IBM right now are Americans in any true sense.
An American has a First Amendment right to free speech. A corporate slave, however, generally forfeits his right to write about things that happen in his workplace as a condition of his employment and as a condition of receiving serverance pay after he is fired. Because the typical corporate slave spends 60 hours per week commuting and working effectively this means that he has no right to write about anything that happens to him for most of his waking hours. If the slave wants to get promoted he probably is wisest not writing or saying anything too controversial even if it does not regard work.
Americans are supposed to be a creative individualistic people. See how long someone like that can hold a job in a big company.
An American has a constitutional right to equal treatment without regard to race or sex, unlike in Third World countries where ethnic group and sex determine one’s opportunities. A corporate slave will be judged by the color of his or her skin and the presence of XX versus XY chromosomes in promotions under various affirmative action schemes.
America as traditionally conceived is a place of middle class opportunity and reasonably equal wealth distribution, unlike Third World countries in which a ruling elite collects all of the cookies. A corporate slave will take home, on average, 1/500th the pay of his top managers.
Should we be worried therefore that big companies are moving jobs to the Third World? Perhaps it is not a big a change as it would appear. In some sense the Fortune 500 have already brought many aspects of the Third World into their cubicle farms on U.S. soil.
[See the book IBM and the Holocaust to learn just how committed IBM was to American-style values leading up to and during World War II.]