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Friday, January 28, 2005

Get Your Ass to the Back of the Bus

Another Step Toward Corporate Slavery

There was an interesting article in today’s LA Times, it seems that some corporations have started a policy of refusing to hire smokers, and firing employees who smoke.

Personally, I am opposed to smoking tobacco. It does kill people, it is more addictive than heroin as far as I am concerned (and I have detoxed people from both), and the whole tobacco industry is reprehensible.

The problem is that tobacco is a legal drug for adults in the US. Not that anyone cares.

For years now smokers have been America’s nebbishes, the one group of people who it is safe for anyone to dump on, or prey on.

As I remember, the persecution started when various States realized that they had a bunch of addicts that they could tax to the nines. (I have always wondered what happens to all the tax money collected, there seems to be very little oversight) So a campaign that cynically turned smokers into the one group of Americans that everyone can safely dump on. Think about it for a second, if an ethnic minority were treated like smokers are treated, the ACLU would be yelling foul at the top of their lungs.

So now, various corporations are starting to discriminate against tobacco users (even though what they are doing is completely legal) to the extent of refusing to hire them even if they are smoking only when off work and in the privacy of their own home.

Imagine if some corporation were doing the same thing for drinking, the boss tells you that you may not have a glass of wine with dinner or a beer with Saturday afternoon football. But we have already put smokers into the classification of “The Other” so no one really cares. But perhaps you should.

According to the information I can find, if corporations are successful in getting rid of smokers, the next group to go will be obese workers. That of course is about half of the US workforce.

Then what? Will you end up getting fired for reading the wrong type of books? Going to the wrong movies? Dressing the wrong way outside of work?

What corporations want (and have always wanted, it is the nature of the beast) is slaves. You don’t think so? Take a look at how they operate in third world countries.

So in a few years, if something is not done now, our lives are likely to be controlled not by the US Constitution, but by corporate policy, all because we have marginalized a group of citizens who have broken no law, who became addicted to a drug that is part of a major industry, who have been robbed by the government through excusive taxation and treated as pariahs by their fellow citizens.

All we have managed to do is give the big multinationals a wedge to drive between us and our freedom.

(where is all that tax money anyway? Something like $3.00 a pack in a lot of places)

If we are not willing to protect the people we dislike the most, then this is not a democracy. (And you are next fat boy).


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