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- From: Christopher Wright <chrisw(--nospam--at)skypoint.com>
- Date: Mon, 25 Aug 97 23:37:08 -0600
>but the part of >capitalism that is relevant to us is the part that states unequivocally that >the price of something is what the market will bear. Interesting part about this thread is that it confuses capitalism, free markets, fair trade and value received for services rendered. At best they're only marginally related. Capitalism is only an economic system where the means of production are privately owned and operated for the benefit of the owners. Capitalism doesn't necessarily mean the market is free, or trade is fair or that value received has any bearing on the value of the services. Unrestrained free markets frequently lead to unfair trade as we've seen for 150 years, and it doesn't mean that engineers must be fairly paid for their services. Monopolies may exist in a capitalist economy, and the means of production may be regulated. And an economic system may screw workers and consumers six ways from Sunday and still be capitalist. Let's admit taht the real thread here is how to get more money for the same work. It's not about free trade because it favors some engineers over others. And it isn't about free markets, because of the demand that engineering be restricted to people who behave only as those people in the business think proper. Which is to say free for structural engineers, but not for architects or civil engineers, demanding totally unrestrained trade in the morning and that only others of our ilk be allowed to size beams in the afternoon. We're not in a free trade sector--engineering is regulated and so it should be. It sounds like a good idea to concentrate on providing value, and not why it's a good thing to cut corners in lean times and gouge a client when things are fat. Christopher Wright P.E. |"They couldn't hit an elephant from chrisw(--nospam--at)skypoint.com | this distance" (last words of Gen. ___________________________| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania 1864) http://www.skypoint.com/~chrisw
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