1) The workplace is not the place that I seek morality. A company's foremost responsibility is to make a profit for its owners. They did not invest in or start a business for the purpose of supplying you a job, a retirement, or feelings of security. They did it to make money.<quoted text
1. Corporations being fair to their employees is not only morally correct, but is good business. A good employee is a corporate asset. Training costs for new employees can be very expensive, not counting the loss of productivity of breaking in a new employee.
2. You admit that, to you, the "almighty dollar" is of more value than fairness and human consideration. Once a business professor told my class that the most important things in the world cannot be measured. That is also true of morality -- the doing of what is right, not just doing what brings in another penny into the corporate treasury. Capitalism is amoral, which is arguably a good thing. But great civilizations do not rise out of amorality. Great civilizations rise out of a sense of common good.
3. Generally speaking, I do not think that goernment should intrude into corporate business practices. UNLESS the corporation is taking some unfair advantage, INCLUDING morally-reprehensible practices. If Ronald Reagan had stayed a real Democrat, instead of defecting to the business-oriented Republican Party, he would not have allowed corporations to essentially steal designated employee retirement funds from their workers.
4. You state above, "Explain to me who is the slave? Is it I, who recognizes that the employee / employer partnership is predatory for both parties, and that both sides wish to squeeze the most out of the other?"
I can assure you that, were I to know that you have that attitude, I would definitely NOT hire you for any position in any organization for which I was responsible. Clearly, you would sell your soul, and corporate trade secrets, to the highest bidder.
5. You state, "Maybe it's you, who apparently seeks a benevolent corporation that will guarantee your place in the workforce, the security of a comfortable retirement, and a pat on the head for being just good enough."
I would not go quite that far, but if you force me to fall on one side of the fence -- Yes! I would seek a benevolent corporation, which would do its best to guarantee my place within their workforce. At 24 years of age, you are probably not worried about always having a means of supporting yourself. I will assert that, one of these days, you will.
6. You say, "Sounds like one of us is more beholden to the evil, rotten, dirty, corporation than the other." Yes. It is you.
7. You state, "Most men do not desire freedom, only a just master." May I suggest that you quickly leave this democracy, and seek citizenship within a monarchy?
2) I don't recall admitting such a thing. I would admit that money trumps fairness within the confines of the workplace. I've never heard an employee say "I love my job. The pay is shitty but they sure are fair". Why is it so hard for you to accept that far and away the primary reason people work is to get money, and the sole reason for the company's existence is to make money.
3) Not sure what you're referring to, but I find it curious that Reagan is the only one responsible for this travesty.
4) Quite a leap you made there. My awareness that myself and my employer are motivated by an element of greed leads you to believe that I would sell my soul and company secrets? Sorry, but I want greedy employees. I'll fill my ranks with those who are always in search of more. I will gladly give them their "more" in exchange for more from them. I will let someone else satisfy those that are in search of a place to safely hang their hat.