You’ve got a couple options when it comes to turning a profit:
- Underpay workers
- Overvalue the product
Modern capitalism does both (alongside a subset of the middle class that gets dramatically overpaid, such as programmers, and gratuitous expenditures such as salary bonuses). Whichever way you slice it, though, you get inflation and increasing inequality.
Yep! Once “everyone can code,” owners can finally do what they’ve always wanted to do: underpay programmers. https://switter.at/web/statuses/101868999452217767
@dredmorbius I didn’t know about this though so thanks for the link!
@amydentata It's an older, pre-Smithian school. I tend to follow ecological / biophysical / thermoeconomics (Georgescu-Roegen, Daly, Charles A.H. Hall), and Steve Keen, related, though somewhat his own thing.
Been reading some Marx finally, and there's at least some there there.
Social justice / equality is another element. Smith is far stronger on this than most people think, also J.S. Mill, Henry George, Amyarta Sen, Emma Rothschild (yes, one of them), and many other.
What's your view?
@amydentata Physiocrats are strong influences on mmany ecological economists. Hall (above) specifically pointed me at them.
See also Howard and Eugene Odum (brothers).
@dredmorbius I'm not well-read thanks to poverty and disability (have had to focus on other things) so I can't give you a synopsis in academic terms, unfortunately
@amydentata LibGen is your friend, as is the Internet Archive.
But in your own words is fine.
Most ideas have been around before, something I keep realising when I have some whackadoodle notion, then find well-established precedent. Sometimes decades after I'd first thought of them.