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Just sayin’ Monday IV

*People always complain about the rain but if you look carefully the sunniest countries in the world are also the poorest.

*A woman who cooks, bakes cakes and fixes clothes is considered as a housewife. A man who cooks, bakes cakes and fixes clothes is considered as a chef, pastry chef and a fashion designer.

*A group of naked women is a “bunch of whores who should be ashamed of themselves” whereas a group of naked men are “such funny lads!”

*Parents will tell their daughters to not drink so not to get raped because they will not tell their sons that having sex with a semi-conscious, drunk girl is in fact rape.

*In a country with a weak state, the labour market is willingly at the mercy of greed of companies: zero-hour contracts, unpaid internships that “need” to last longer and longer, unpaid work experiences, unpaid overtime…The ideal labour for neo-capitalistic companies today is slavery: the work is done and costs nothing. That’s the aim to achieve.
But who will go for these jobs? The unemployed who are forced to take them under the threat of decadent poverty, yes but mostly foreigners. Natives have better expectations, they have been told and educated to aim higher and look at these jobs with disdain. And they should because no one deserves to give dedication and time for nothing. However, they also blame immigrants for taking these jobs and normalising them.
Immigrants are not employed to these jobs because they are “harder-working” like managers like to say, they are made to work these jobs because they are in need of a way to make it in a new society so they will do anything. A job is still the best way to assimilate in a new country and managers use and abuse this. They see immigrants as free-for-all, malleable, silent and docile labour that will not dare rebel.
Blaming migrants is to ignore that the companies were the ones to not only create and offer these jobs in the first place but also lobby the withering state for the normalisation and expansion of these types of modern slavery to the rest of the labour market. They are the ones who exploit human misery with the help of the state looking to apply them to the whole population by leveling down.
The more you deregulates labour, the easier you make it for private companies to worsen working conditions, the more low-skilled immigrants fleeing worst living conditions in their own country will come and the more people will think they are “stealing our jobs”.

*Unionists in the UK or Spain have forgotten that it’s the power of the state that keeps their country together. Reducing its grip and leaving it to the markets to do its job will only result in fragmentation. No private company in the world has the power to hold a whole country together, nor do they want to.
Different cultures stay together because they see a common purpose in the country lead by the state. They stay because the vision offered by the state is inspiring and when they look at their everyday life and future, they see in the state the certainty of their protection, security and well-being that depends on central government.
Today, as the state bows off to the markets, people are told that they can’t expect the state to be behind them at all time, to “nanny” them, to look after them, to tell them what to do and to care for them. That’s no surprise then that entire regions, cultures, people are taking matter into their own hands and marching towards the moment when they will indeed not need the British or Spanish centralised state anymore. That’s actually what capitalist orthodoxy is dictating.

*Facing with injustice, the English would say “It could be worse”, to which the French reply “Yes but it could also be better.”

*The French are chain-smoking, skinny, arrogant mean-girls whereas the English are drunken, promiscuous materialists. Women are not better.

*The neo-classical capitalism is looking to enforce his creation of the Homo Economicus where we are all characterised as consumers. “Tell me what you buy, I’ll tell you who you are.” We are expressing and defining our identities by what we buy. We are looking to make the world fit our own consumer interests and we interact with it as customers. “The customer is the king.”

*The US love to see themselves as the world police force and so do we. And yet everybody, including themselves, is resenting, using and abusing the situation. In 2010, the US said they would pull back from Europe a bit when it comes to foreign affairs effort and refocus on Asia after they realised China owned most of their economy. Oddly since 2010, the tensions between China, Japan, both Koreas, the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia are all over the news. The situation in the South China Sea is such that we are closed to war, we often read. It’s like all these countries were waiting to become interesting again. Do we always have to wait for the US to look that way to do so ourselves? Also, interestingly, as the US pulled back from Europe, and looking the other way, Russia became aggressive again.