The relinquishing of independent thought and benefit dependency

Filed under:Random notes — posted by Schizostroller on December 15, 2019 @ 3:47 pm

With the coming Tory government, let’s deal with an argument about ‘dependency’.

My proposition: “Independent thought comes before independence”

My second proposition: “Benefit dependency is irrelevant with regards the possibility of independent thought, as it is based on a relation to an exploitative system”

If you have watched the film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, which is about locked in syndrome and a guy with the condition who writes a novel. Locked in syndrome is about as dependent on others as you can get, yet the guy had sufficient independent thought to write a novel.

Capitalism is an exploitative system, where the definition of exploitation is based on the fact the entire labour time of all workers in a business contributes to the entire revenue, however the level of wages are based on competiiton for jobs based on supply and demand. Profits come from the remainder of revenue minus capital costs and business expenses and wages. This goes to the capitalist and is the basis for the definition of exploitation.

To increase proft it is important that wages are as low as possible without affecting productivity too much (although there are issues here – productivity will always be less than optimum).

The case for a welfare state is that if workers wages are too low, then they cannot afford to pay for their disabled (or those with mental health issues) relatives, as due to the human need to care for loved one’s this will eat into labour-time and productivity, thus a national insurance is required.

To improve any distribution of resources requires independent thought. There is however some dependency on things beyond any individual’s control in this world. To think it is ‘just choice’ is tantamount ot some kind of Robinson Crusoeesque solipsism.

This human social ‘dependency’ is however independent of independent thought, without which we would be catatonic, rather than ‘locked in’.

My third proposal is: “A blind faith in ‘benefit dependency’ ideology with regards the exploitative nature of the capitalist system requires a relinquiching of independent thought greater than that necessary to be ‘on benefits’.

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