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School me on Compassion, please!

08 October 2012, 18:12
I buy into the idea of free-market capitalism. I buy into the idea that people be permitted to hire and fire freely, as the requirements of efficiency within their company/business require.

In the comments section of a previous article, I was classed as 'lacking compassion' because of these beliefs. I do not think that this is the case. Rather, I think that I have focused my compassion in order to prioritize a greater number of lower-paid jobs for our people, as opposed to fewer higher-paid jobs for them. But then, maybe, I am confused about the economics of it all and have missed a great chunk of the statistics and historical lessons that seem so obvious to those that actually have compassion.

So, this is an invitation to school me, as I am terribly afraid of falling behind the times ... Please tell me (with numbers, facts, statistics, case studies etc.) how it would benefit the South African people to give each the salary that they decide that they require.

Where is this massive hoard of money that is going to fund this? If it's in the hands of the 'greedy capitalists', please provide me with numbers on the  benefit that will accrue to each 'exploited worker' when the fat pigs have been stripped of their bacon. Please tell me what your plan is, once this has happened ... where the salaries will come from when the bacon feast has faded into memory and all that it left to eat are the rotting bones of the stinking swines. Who will then step up to the plate to run things? Will it be you?

Will you reduce your pay demand strictly down to 'what you require'? Will you be happy that someone less qualified, who does less, gets paid six times as much because he failed to use a condom and has five children, where you only have your compassionate self to support? Who do you propose calculates 'what you need"?

Please, teach me. Like I said, I'm obviously behind the times here.       
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