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Wild Capitalism / Regina Coyula

Wild Capitalism / Regina Coyula
Regina Coyula, Translator: Hank

For those who doubt that things here will get worse, I inform you that
the first to set up the Chinese Model have been some of those in the
emerging private sector. Since they are obligated to pay high taxes for
their operating licenses, in addition to salaries and benefits for their
employees, they tighten things up by putting pressure on the people at
the bottom. Employees without a fixed salary are only paid a fraction of
total revenues. In that way, new businesses never lose. Whoever doesn't
like it is free to leave because there will always be someone else
desperate to take his place.

To my amazement, when I thought this post was complete, I found out that
something very similar exists in the state sector. The drivers of the
new taxis that roll through the city, which are identifiable by their
white and yellow colors, must pay a daily fixed tax — on top of the
costs they pay for gasoline and maintenance. If the driver fails to pay
this tax two times, the taxi is handed over to another driver whose name
is on a long waiting list.

Unwritten laws of a new labor scenario and an absence of labor unions to
protect the interests of the least favored reminds me that a long time
ago a revolution took place so that things like this would not happen.

Translated by: Hank

December 16 2011

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