All the professors and Hollywood stars love to explain
why third world workers are so poorly paid. It always
comes back to White Guilt and an Evil Conspiracy.
If the world economy were just turned over to the
professors, they would do as good a job of distributing
goods as the United Nations and the IOC do.
Please read Whitaker Online for November 7, 1998,
BEAD BUYERS. Here I explain once again a very
simple fact of life: the reason some people make very
little money is because if you pay them money they
will give you almost nothing for it.
Eric Hoffer was talking about an American who had
immigrated from Eastern Europe years before. This
naturalized American was taking a vacation back in
his homeland. People there knew he was an American
and they knew that American workers got paid many
times what they received for an hour's work.
So this new American was watching some workers in
his original country laying some pipe. One of the
workers laying the pipe said, "What would we get for
doing this same job in America?"
The American, who was a pipe fitter himself, took
one look at their work and said, "Nothing."
I worked on a plant in the 1950s in Germany and I
was appalled at how slowly they worked. In South Carolina,
our workers did many times as much work and got paid
two or three times as much per hour, and that was
with a recession in the United States and a labor
shortage in Germany.
Since then, even Europeans admit that their standard
of living has shot up only because they adopted American
methods and a more American pace of work. America
has become easier to compete with because we have
adopted leftism and our work force and voting population
is more and more third world.
All this is simplistic. But it is also true. If you
doubt it, do what all the liberals say, "Follow the
Actually, workers don't do much work in the third
world, but the pace of their work is the least of
it. The reason nobody will pay decent wages in Mexico
is not because of the pace of the work. The reason
is because Mexico is run by MEXICANS.
Foreign bureaucracies are almost invariably cheap,
stupid, mindless and dishonest, just like the ones
we see in the UN and the IOC.
They also have lots and lots of academic degrees.
In fact, they hire largely by academic degrees in
high jobs in most bureaucracies around the world.
"Doctor" Albierto de Whatever in South America does
as good a job running his country's economy as the
Doctors this and that here do running American education.
Think, for a moment, about American "intellectuals"
trying to run any serious business.
This should give you a whole new insight into those
International Institutions that are supposed to be