The self-defeatist platitude that if wages increase now after a period of steady and historic reaping of profits for corporate America, then the prices of everything on the market will just go up too is, at best, reinforcing the lie that shareholders and CEOs are more deserving of the American dream than workers themselves. It says that maximizing profits are always, always more important than investing in people, community and family. So no folks, prices do not have to go up; we just have to realize the theft of our prosperity and take back from capitalism’s cronies what ought to have always been our livelihoods. This means we shift from an economy that values money to one that values the quality of our lives.
The self-defeatist platitude that if wages increase now after a period of steady and historic reaping of profits for corporate America, then the prices of everything on the market will just go up too is, at best, reinforcing the lie that shareholders and CEOs are more deserving of the American dream than workers themselves. It says that maximizing profits are always, always more important than investing in people, community and family. So no folks, prices do not have to go up; we just have to realize the theft of our prosperity and take back from capitalism’s cronies what ought to have always been our livelihoods. This means we shift from an economy that values money to one that values the quality of our lives.

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