Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Scab-dance day

Jack London defines ....Scab:
"After God had finished the rattlesnake, the toad, the vampire, He had some awful substance left with which He made a scab. A scab is a two-legged animal with a cork-screw soul, a water-logged brain, a combination backbone of jelly and glue. Where others have hearts, he carries a tumor of rotten principles.

When a scab comes down the street, men turn their backs and angels weep in heaven, and the Devil shuts the gates of Hell to keep him out.

No man has a right to scab so long as there is a pool of water to drown his carcass in, or a rope long enough to hang his body with. Judas Iscariot was a gentleman compared with a scab. For betraying his master, he had character enough to hang himself. A scab has not.

Esau sold his birthright for a mess of pottage. Judas Iscariot sold his Savior for thirty pieces of silver. Benedict Arnold sold his country for a promise of a commission in the British Army. The modern strikebreaker sells his birthright, his country, his wife, his children and his fellow men for an unfulfilled promise from his employer, trust or corporation.

Esau was a traitor to himself: Judas Iscariot was a traitor to his God; Benedict Arnold was a traitor to his country; a strikebreaker is a traitor to his God, his country, his wife, his family and his class."

Elections often bring out the worst in 'Mericans, especially those conservative-opportunists aka Scabs whose livelihoods depend on ripping people off, like say....Bubba the Subluxanator!.   Pitching chiropractic scams--the >  "Subluxated," aka Bent Pen, y'all-- meets the criteria of scab-ness, IMHE,  especially considering that the people who actually manufacture the cheap plastic goods are paid pennies a day in 3rd world sweatshops.  The mail-order bunko artistes then buy up thousands of these dirt-cheap knick-knacks wholesale and have them shipped stateside, and then put their logo on it. In Bubba's case, he orders them with a kink, and  then uses them as part of his pseudo-science pitch of subluxation (completely discredited as modern medicine, and classified along with herbs and acupuncture as "alternative" by the AMA). 
In effect Bubbas who run  mail order scams such as "subluxated pens" ( Bubba sells balloons, and t-shirts, and mugs as well) exploit all sides of the labor equation--the poor folks who work in some unknown sweatshop, and the workers in the US who do the "embossing" of the logos (usually at minimum wage, or less), and even the yahoos at offices or chiro-quack-tic clinics who pick up the  the bent pen thinking it will cure their spinal injuries or lower back pain.
Hopefully some responsible politicians (included supposed pro-labor Gov. Jerry Brown) will soon put an end to these sort of shadowy exploitative businesses, and the Bubbas' plastics-mill sweatshops will be closed down, and they'll be looking for work as  ditch diggers, bartenders,  grocery store scab-can-stackers, so forth. 

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