People. People. Your dependency is required. Dependency applies to many concepts in ways that are personal, interpersonal, substance-related, nature-related, and financial to name a few, but have you ever considered countries’ and nations’ dependency? I am sure you have considered countries and nation’s as they exhibit the same dependency addictive behavior as an individual. It is called the Dependency Theory and gained prominence in the United States in the 1950s most certainly as an adaptation to the societal shift in the cheap labor pool. It uses a Marxist concept of Surplus Value applied to our beloved Capitalist society to exploit resources in the form of raw materials but primarily cheap labor for the benefit and advancement of those in power or the elite. The theory is to mass-produce an excluded class of poor and underdeveloped states or people for the benefit of the wealthy enriching the wealthy at the expense of the subordinate states and people which it creates. In short, a cheap workforce which will be competent but obedient and deemed “essential workers” for the elite’s wealth accumulation.
Dependency is a state of the individual, the collective, or a situation that is controlled to produce a form of reliance and expectation that is almost always viewed in a negative and judgmental way toward the subordinate position. All dependency has an element of submission to perceived power, fear that carries the insecurities of exclusion, or the expectations of continued benefit. In other words, a good way to look at it is not so much what is provided but how badly you can be made to rely on it. Dependency is about an unequal balance of what is provided that is irresistibly desired and what is required for it to be provided. The balance of power is always against the one who is dependent or beneath.
Being beneath the power of that which you are dependent on is a recognition of and submission to it because you feel like you don’t have a choice. Dependency submits to a state of despair that lessens your initiative, resistance, and hope. Complacency is used to rock you to sleep by accepting the distortion that you cannot function without it or its guidance but mainly that’s just the way it has been. The resulting void produces a weakness for the dependency followed by the continued discouragement of opposition that leads to addiction. Your willpower has been compromised and captive to your wants elevating them to something that is needed. This mutation of you adapting a want to perceived need stamps out your power to resist or refuse, elevating this power over you by your very own desire.
Fueled by hope and belief to become the very thing that has power over you not realizing that emulation is not assimilation, that is the carrot the mule chases but never catches. The illusion to obtain it is part of the psychological motivation but was never the intent to allow you to achieve it. It is effectively used to exercise control for reproducing the conditions for its survival and advancement while denying you, the wealth of Europe was largely obtained through this manner of exploitation and force. The more suitable method of exploitation today is coercion and restricting opportunity.
For this to work as a sociological theory for cheap labor persist since colonialism which was based on the inhumane and economic abuse and exploitation of a designated class, this theory had to be expanded to include those who were viewed as undesirable or expendable. All cheap labor is secondary to, virtually interchangeable with, and “essential” to that theory. Territories and nations were made subordinate to other nations creating a form of economic captivity by suppressing their benefit from their labor and resources. Some of the disguised ways that this was and is accomplished is by establishing debt and using compound interest to create disparities for the utilization of funds and resources. Another way quite prevalent and obvious today is overpricing and fees that prevents you from otherwise using your money for your own interest putting constraints on your prosperity and making it less likely as well as more difficult to rise above these manipulations of wealth. Just notice a pattern of your money going out as opposed to coming in, takes a lot longer to make it than it does to spend it keeping you in a financial spin cycle.
The tools used to maintain a constant generational supply of an underclass labor population for economic gain are systematic and on purpose. Extending your reach educationally and financially beyond your station can be done but takes an enormous effort to elevate yourself against the system. Oftentimes to achieve and maintain an elevated status you must then adhere to the standards of that status and that creates a different level of constraints. The more you have, the greater the need to protect and maintain it becomes. Same game different level but more at stake which puts you in a position to have to really embrace the system that you thought you were escaping. You are now more invested to produce or whatever to maintain your position only to become a more valuable commodity but still a commodity. To elevate yourself you have to position yourself to have those who are a commodity to you produce for you to maintain their position.
According to business dictionary.com the definition a commodity is a reasonably interchangeable good or material, bought and sold freely as an article of commerce. In a service-based economy that depends less on goods or materials then you or that “service” becomes that interchangeable thing that is bought and sold freely as an article of commerce. Being interchangeable means being just another brick in the wall easily replaced with another one just like you. You either give out or wear out but eventual time or circumstances prevail. So being interchangeable also makes you expendable but nonetheless “essential” to generating more commerce. Check and see if your value to your employer remains the same during good and bad times, especially if they might get the short end regardless of what might happen to you either by their choice to do it or being forced to do it and why.
It creates an efficient cycle of reliance where the top of the mountain must sit on a wider base or foundation, meaning there must be more at the bottom to support the top. When applied to a service industry it creates an abnormal tolerance from the top-down above all who are below in reliant subordinate positions to be conditioned to an obedient and tolerant in order to maintain their dependence or status. Imagine if you are a major league baseball player and the terms of your contract were coerced into far more hazardous working conditions for less pay depending on how those above you do. Now imagine if you are an “essential worker” under the same circumstances your pay is way less. The only difference between both is the perceived value of the commodity to generate revenue but not the tariffs to the king to maintain the kingdom and enrich himself by concessions expected despite the value of the commodity.
Reliance is the bait that is held before you to expose your habits that feed your wants revealing just how plain old thirsty you can be made to be and the thirstier, the better. Labor unions and collective bargaining came about as a result of the exploitation of how thirsty you can be made to be in order to maintain a cheap labor force. A cheap labor force must hustle to increase their individual value but by virtue of design cheap labor works best when it lacks initiative and resistance. These Marxism, Colonialism, Capitalism, and many more at their peak all are cheap labor by design at their base to survive. This labor theory has gone from nations to individuals as a societal structure and the systems that support it for some time now.
Moral of the story < Just a little thought for research and conversation to more fully understand the underlying, behind the scenes, or right out in the open for all who want to see a surely significant influence in what is going on now and the societal objective to quantify you as a commodity for your benefit but to their much greater benefit or expectation. Whether you get a bigger job, a bigger house, a better neighborhood, let us not forget more money, or just hand to mouth surviving with the shoes tight the more you have to hustle to achieve and sustain the expectations to justify the hustle. To excel at the game and play it well there is an expectation that the rules would be honored, and why you worked hard the reward.
Congratulations if you enjoy the reward but you should also applaud the efficiency of the design of a societal structure that produces a population for depriving economic mobility by restraining opportunities and resources in accordance with the labor invested. For those who can excel at getting the most profit margin from others’ labor, a perspective is sometimes to view those who have not as less than being lazy. There is complicity among those who have put themselves in a position to not be affected by the reality of the influences those considered beneath them endure. At a time like this one can see how influences beyond our control can put us in positions that we never imagined.
Economic dependency is interrelated from the bottom up as well as the top down. You need a paycheck and they need you to produce their wealth. A general need soldiers, but there are many soldiers and few generals. The status of a profession has different levels of prestige within the profession. The more the prestige the farther the fall and the more required to maintain the exploitation though probably mutual still exploitive.
Thurston K. Atlas
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