Evil Corporate Bosses

In Ica, Peru, there are jobs, agricultural jobs which require “back-wrenching, stooped-over picking of fruits and vegetables, or the rote cleaning and wrapping in packaging plants.”

Poor Peruvians, oppressed by evil corporations concerned only with squeezing them for maximum profit, no?

No. Ica has 0% unemployment, and it’s obviously a seller’s market for labor.

Work is so plentiful that men with megaphones ply the city’s neighborhoods offering jobs… At Chlimper’s Ica farms, about 4,500 employees help grow and export 1.4 million 11-pound crates of asparagus and more than 8,000 tons of table grapes annually. Chlimper pays bonuses for extra production, and over the years his company has improved meals and transportation for employees. At his 470-acre Santa Rita farm in Ica, Agrokasa has built a chapel and holds annual baptisms and group weddings. Although there are no day-care centers, grounds are well tended and the mess halls clean.

Anti-market folks often complain that bosses treat laborers like mere cogs in the machine. But they rarely stop to think about how bosses treat cogs when they are hard to come by.

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1 Response to Evil Corporate Bosses

  1. Good observation, and I would also add that the result you describe is best attained when there are certain legal guarantees of the right to quit and the right to leave the area, along with the practical ability of the workers to do so.

    When there are not such guarantees, or when the guarantees are weak, this “seller’s market” for labor has sometimes been a justification for slavery or other coercive forms of labor, such as we had in 17th century Virginia (indentured servitude and an ever increasing tighter slave regime).

    So what you describe is a good thing provided certain other features of the society and polity are assumed.

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