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Workers make the profit, workers get the profit

There’s no inherent right to profit if you start the business, particularly if you perform only a fraction of the labour.

One common reason I see people use to justify billionaires getting to keep a company’s profits is that they invested time and money into starting the company.

However, if investing time and money into a company is what entitles one to the surplus labour value, then all the more reason that workers should get more of the revenue their labour generates.

McDonald’s isn’t a global corporation because Ray Kroc flipped 300 billion burgers all by himself.

Sales for Amazon’s paid units weren’t up 46% last quarter over the previous year because Jeff Bezos himself is managing the website and fulfilling every order.

Walmart isn’t the largest company in the world with half a trillion in revenue because Sam Walton stocks the shelves in every store and checks out every purchase.

Bill Gates isn’t worth over $130 billion because he personally coded every piece of software Microsoft ever sold.

The Weston family isn’t worth $10 billion because George and his descendents personally baked every loaf of bread, unloaded every truck, rang through every shopper’s groceries.

The Thomson family’s net worth isn’t $40 billion because they all wrote every news story their companies published.

There’s no inherent right to profit if you start the business, particularly if you perform only a fraction of the labour.

Workers make the profit; workers get the profit.

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By Kim Siever

Kim Siever is an independent journalist based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He writes daily news stories, focusing on municipal, provincial, and federal politics, specializing in investigative journalism and critical analysis from a leftist political lens. He also writes regular editorials on general politics and social issues.

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