Increased Living Standards Brought To You By: Magic
Because they do, most of them accept for example that going down and joining the union made workers better off, by giving them better bargaining power against the bosses, even though the historical evidence is crushing that unionization did not make workers better off (rising productivity did). (via)
Yup. I remember when children were no longer needed in factories due to rising productivity. Or that time when mining safety regulations were passed, all thanks to rising productivity.
The author’s point is economic, of course, but that’s the whole problem: if you define a worker “being better off” solely through economics, miner safety doesn’t factor in—even though the historical evidence is crushing that miners would rather not die on the job. Neither would Bangledeshi workers making Walmart products. What’s rising productivity done for them?