Let’s play a little game using our imagination. Imagine all of the world’s workers as toys that children (global corporations) may want to buy. Now imagine a large aisle of new toys in shiny brightly packaged boxes and that you are this child (global corporation) shopping with your birthday money (record profits).
A large portion of the aisle is taken up by the newest GI Joe action figure. They have just been marked down by 50% (reduction of worker wages) and further offer a rebate due to the recent recall of the product citing its inferior materials (crumbling educational system). A little warning on the box tells you that all the items shown on the box are not included, so all you get is the doll – or should I say action figure.
Next we see the most awesome looking toy. It comes in a beautiful box and has a real laser (universal healthcare) that shoots targets, so you don’t even have to buy it as an accessory. It also flies (government subsidized secondary education) using a remote control that comes with the batteries actually included. It costs a little bit more than the GI Joe, in fact you could buy three GI Joes for the price of one Super Cool Robot.
So the child (corporation) has a choice: buy three GI Joes, play with them until they crumble and throw them in the garbage (which doesn’t really hurt too bad, because they were almost disposable at the price that was paid) OR buy the Super Cool, Laser Shooting, Flying, Remote Control Robot that you will show off to all of your friends because it really makes them so envious of your toy collection but you will need to take really good care of the toy because it costs a little bit more than the GI Joe.