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This post is not (just) about today's public sector workers' strike. [20111130|11:29]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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There are a lot of things that I find repugnant about the statements jeering at the public sector workers' strike happening in Britain today, but the one I find most baffling is the argument that "because private sector workers have terrible pensions, so should public sector workers". Do people really want their definition of equality to be "making things equally bad for everyone"? Don't we all want decent pensions? Shouldn't the aim be to let all people retire in a reasonable state of health and comfort, and not die in poverty?

Why bother to exist if the only thing we do with our existences is to sustain the crap conditions we were born into? Is there anyone left who wants a better future for all of humanity, rather than to just goggle at one another while we cling hopelessly with our fingertips to the tiny pittance we've been allotted? How did we all get so defeatist and so short-sighted in our aspirations? Why does it feel like it's now not only uncool to aspire to change the world, it's unacceptable?

I bet the wealthy and powerful just love watching us peons squabble over what little we've got. It certainly seems to keep us from doing anything to genuinely threaten their grip on our fortunes.
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[User Picture]From: ginasketch
2011-11-30 15:10 (UTC)
I totally agree with you.

This morning I was watching the Beeb and someone had written in to say PS workers should be happy with what they have because he has to travel 250 miles to work.

How about conditions improve so that you don't have to travel 250 miles? How is that the public sector's fault?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-11-30 18:37 (UTC)
The mind boggles at the logical gymnastics required to perform that feat.

Also, there are plenty of examples of public sector workers who travel ridiculous distances daily to get to work. My trains are full of them.
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2011-11-30 16:05 (UTC)
And here I thought it was just Americans saying we should all have less because essentially we're just stealing from the wealthy as it is. Pensions are a good compensation for lousy pay. Why doesn't anyone see that until they get old?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-11-30 18:39 (UTC)
I feel like I'm trapped in some kind of nightmarish reverse-Robin Hood scenario. I bet if someone made a film about it, it would star Kevin Costner.

The horror.
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From: pbristow
2011-11-30 18:16 (UTC)
Gah, you foreign commies come over here and whinge about... Oh, hang on, that's back-to-front, isn't it? =:o\

Or to put it another way: Amen. =:o[
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-11-30 18:42 (UTC)
If you're horrifying an American with your lack of solidarity on the subject of social justice, you're definitely doin it wrong. ;D
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[User Picture]From: pax_athena
2011-11-30 19:22 (UTC)
Do people really want their definition of equality to be "making things equally bad for everyone"?
- I wish the behaviour of too many people would not suggest that this is indeed the case :/

I just recently had a conversation with somebody I thought to very sensible and very left the gist of which was that Europeans (Germans and Dutch people were the ones in question) should shut up about working conditions because we have it so good with our long vacation and Christmas money (let's not talk about this stupid name :( ) and it would not hurt us to give up this privileges. I did not know what to answer to this, because my automatic naive reaction is that everybody should have more vacation. And extra winter holiday money. Not that everybody should not.
Well, that's my sad anecdote about it ...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-12-03 13:14 (UTC)
I completely agree with you. I don't understand wanting to make things worse for one another, rather than making them better.
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[User Picture]From: eatsoylentgreen
2011-12-28 20:52 (UTC)
friended. Hi, I'm random.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-12-30 13:22 (UTC)
Hello! A pleasure to meet you. Friending reciprocated.
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