Ah, what we have lost!
This society, this world and its “economic” systems, have lost all sense of the true value of human life, all sense of what true human values are.
In his Labor Day column on Medium, the writer Yonatan Zunger delineates the deeper meanings of this in a very insightful way. A telling quote:
Yet when we hear the language of free markets, it’s almost invariably to talk about their virtues, and the very real fact that most of the most important trades the average person makes are not even remotely free gets papered over. The fact that some people can walk away from a deal, while other people can’t, is covered up with words about “job markets” which hide the fact that buyers and sellers of labor aren’t having even vaguely similar conversations.
The whole piece, “the radical idea that people have value” is worth reading. It’s on Medium, which is sometimes hard to navigate, but this link should work. If not, here’s the full address: