People or Resources...?
In corporate America, people are no longer seen as individuals, but are viewed as part of the economic collective; mere objects to be used and managed, or thrown away. People are resources, no different than paper clips, pens, pencils and/or other raw materials… and are entitled to no more consideration. Need higher profits? Ship jobs overseas, hire illegals, reduce benefits and bonuses… or eliminate them altogether. Anything goes… so long as you improve the corporate bottom-line!
That philosophy dovetails perfectly with a Marxist idea also gaining strength in the business community today that teaches, “the ruling ideas are those of the ruling classes”. In other words – What management says is law. A classic current example of this philosophy is the “at-will” legal employment status of Arkansas workers. That “at-will” principle allows an employer to terminate any employee, for basically any reason, or for no reason. Employees have no rights because employers (the ruling class) have had the laws (the ruling ideas) written to THEIR standards, with no regard for the employees or their families.
The basic problem with such policy is that absolute power corrupts absolutely. “At-will” policy is devoid of equity, fairness and justice, and should be changed by the Arkansas legislature to a “Just Cause” standard. If not changed, Arkansas workers, especially older, long-term employees, need to protect themselves and their families from the unethical and unprincipled.
Remember: If you get your religion wrong, you go to Hell. If you get your politics wrong, your country goes to Hell.