Class Warfare Blog

February 17, 2014

Ghandi’s Seven Deadly Sins

According to Ghandi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi—1869-1948) there are seven deadly sins, namely:

“Wealth without work
Pleasure without conscience
Science without humanity
Knowledge without character
Politics without principle
Commerce without morality
Worship without sacrifice”

Sounds like 21st Century American Culture has hit all of those benchmarks! We win; we’re #1!

Pleasure Without Conscience Fox News commenters regularly express great pleasure (Glee!) regarding the lies they tell to demonstrate how it is done.
Wealth Without Work In the U.S. we honor investors ever more than laborers.
Science Without Humanity Can you spell Monsanto, boys and girls?
Knowledge Without Character The House of Representatives, please stand up.
Politics Without Principle Ted Cruz, is Ted in the audience? No, how about Chruis Christie?
Commerce Without Morality Is the Stock Market open today? Yes? Okay, example #1.
Worship Without Sacrifice If worship required sacrifice, there wouldn’t be much if any of it left.

We’re #1! We’re #1!

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9 Comments »

  1. “Wealth Without Work”

    Anthony W. Orlando, Lecturer in the College of Business and Economics at California State University, Los Angeles touched on this in a recent essay of his here

    ” it is shockingly obtuse to suggest that an hour spent in a comfortable office doing a job you love is even remotely comparable to an hour spent in a sweltering kitchen flipping burgers. Low-wage jobs are so physically demanding that they drive workers into an early grave. Work too hard in a warehouse or a factory, and you can find yourself crippled for life.

    Not only are their jobs more enjoyable and less exploitative; they are also more rewarding — and it’s not a linear relationship. The economists Peter Kuhn and Fernando Lozano have found that investing your time in extra work generates a far higher return if you’re a high-wage worker. When the middle class and the poor work more hours, they may earn an overtime wage, but when the rich do it, they get promotions, bonuses and better job offers that far exceed their current overtime rate.

    That should be obvious to anyone looking at our country’s income distribution. The richest 0.01 percent of Americans — the one percent of the one percent — earn an average income 578 times higher than everyone else. Even if Zell thinks they work harder, does he really think that they work 578 times harder? Does anyone honestly believe that one member of the super-rich works as hard as 578 of the rest of us combined?

    Clearly, hard work alone cannot justify their outsized earnings.”

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    Comment by lbwoodgate — February 17, 2014 @ 1:07 pm | Reply

    • I heard of something called the “middle class grunt.” It is the noise one makes when first sitting on a bar stool at the end of a long day. The grunt is a sign to all within earshot that “I work for a living,” and it establishes one as a card carrying member of the middle class. I am hearing these asshole plutocrats trying the grunt along with us and it just won’t do. In my working life I made a tad over two million dollars. A guy who has 100 million dollars in the bank, doesn’t have a job, he has a hobby. He can quit at whim or whenever he thinks it is warrented. He never has to worry whether he has enough money to make his “nut.” There is no good that can come from individuals accumulating such vast quantities of wealth, hence a healthy society makes such accumulations few and far betwen.

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      Comment by stephenpruis — February 17, 2014 @ 1:16 pm | Reply

      • “A guy who has 100 million dollars in the bank, doesn’t have a job, he has a hobby. He can quit at whim or whenever he thinks it is warrented. He never has to worry whether he has enough money to make his “nut.” “

        Exactly

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        Comment by lbwoodgate — February 17, 2014 @ 3:21 pm | Reply

    • To be fair, they do have to work hard to squeeze out another $100 million out of their employees and customers.

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      Comment by List of X — February 17, 2014 @ 5:13 pm | Reply

      • Yep, issuing them memos to produce more will break a sweat I reckon.

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        Comment by lbwoodgate — February 17, 2014 @ 10:31 pm | Reply

  2. My first impression on reading “science without humanity” is, but what about science for the sake of science?

    But no, you nailed it with Monsanto. Those assholes can rot in hell.

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    Comment by Ignostic Atheist — February 17, 2014 @ 9:27 pm | Reply

  3. Gandhi was community organizer who got assassinated by his own people.

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    Comment by silenceofmind — February 18, 2014 @ 1:39 am | Reply

    • So was Jesus, So what? Stay on topic SOM.

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      Comment by stephenpruis — February 18, 2014 @ 7:50 am | Reply

      • Stephen,

        Jesus was not a community organizer.

        And unlike Gandhi, Jesus healed the sick.

        Gandhi was just a blabber mouth who got his trap shut the hard way.

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        Comment by silenceofmind — February 18, 2014 @ 8:20 am | Reply


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