Whoever said, “The pursuit of money is the root of all evil” got it wrong. It’s not the pursuit of wealth that’s the problem, it’s the process whereby vast wealth is attained that is. That process is employment; it’s impossible for anyone to become super-wealthy without it.
Yes, it’s possible for someone to write a book or to record a hit song and become a multi-millionaire, but that’s only because the major publishing houses and record companies (who have hordes of employees) have created a market that enables this.
Without those organizations there would be no such market and, although many authors and musicians would be able to make a nice living, they wouldn’t become super-rich. An added benefit to getting rid of the corporations that control these markets is that instead of having a few dozen mediocre novelists and musicians to choose from, we’d have tens of thousands of them making a living from their craft.
Jobs, by their very nature, are exploitive. The purpose of hiring an employee is to find someone who will work for some amount less than what the job is worth, so that the employer can skim-off the top the difference, in order to become rich.
I learned about the fundamentally exploitive nature of employment as both a former hiring manager for a series of companies and as a business owner myself. For example, as a security manager for a high-rise building in Los Angeles, I was responsible for hiring, training, and firing members of the security staff. In the mid-1990s, the company that employed me charged the building owners $10 per man-hour for their security services. They paid their officers $6.25 an hour. As you can see, they pocketed $3.75 per man-hour.
Typically, an account would want one officer to be on duty at all times. Since a week is 168 hours long that means that they made a profit on a typical account of $630 per week. One medium-sized company I worked for had more than 250 accounts — that means that on average they made more than $157,000 per week. Granted, they had overhead costs that reduced that amount, but I would guess that they cleared at least $120,000 per week. The owner lived very well indeed, with two homes, two Mercedes Benz sedans, a 40-foot sailboat, and he spent a lot of time traveling the world.
Most of the problems of modern society stem from the inequality of wealth made possible by employment. Outlaw employment; and 99% of today’s problems disappear.
In order to be able to eradicate employment we need a society based-on self-reliance. Where every household is able to provide for itself because it controls it’s own means of production.
The reason I started my own personal journey toward self-reliance was to develop a sustainable process of self-reliance that will enable me to provide for me and my family long into the future. As I mentioned in the “Why This Blog” page, I started this blog to document and share that process. As a new spring is upon us I’m eager to get out there and try-out many of the ideas I’ve been developing over the winter.
I hope you enjoy the reading and learn something from it. And please, don’t be shy about leaving your opinions in the comments section.