We don’t agree with the capitalist assumption that starvation or greed are the only reasons people work. People enjoy their work if it is meaningful and enhances their lives. They work out of a sense of responsibility to their community and society. Although a long-term goal of socialism is to eliminate all but the most enjoyable kinds of labor, we recognize that unappealing jobs will long remain. These tasks would be spread among as many people as possible rather than distributed on the basis of class, race, ethnicity, or gender, as they are under capitalism. And this undesirable work should be among the best, not the least, rewarded work within the economy. For now, the burden should be placed on the employer to make work desirable by raising wages, offering benefits and improving the work environment. In short, we believe that a combination of social, economic, and moral incentives will motivate people to work.
In addition, the idea of inequitable rewards for “undesirable” labor or occupations involving risk is equally wrong headed. As in the first case, high risk occupations are filled by those who are well suited to them. A person who prepares a sandwich may not receive the same level of gratitude as someone who pulls a child from a burning building, but no logic person would argue that one task is more socially necessary than another. Each individual is rewarded by the knowledge of their own indispensable contribution to society, and should be renimerated equitably.
It’s erroneously assumptions as like these that turn democracy into purely mechanical process, and is antithetical to the social ethos of true socialism.
For the second quote, “Although a long-term goal of socialism is to eliminate all but the most enjoyable kinds of labor,”… Ha, ok, I don’t think I need to even comment on this one…
People will work for money and the ability to take care of their own. The cheetah eats the gazelle, it doesn’t bring it food.
Thanks for your opinion.