Bezos thanks ‘each Amazon worker’ for funding their personal area journey
It’s kind of strange to say thank you to your infamous poorly paid, low-performing, non-unionized warehouse workers for making it possible for you, the person who scrapes all the profits from that low wage and national tax Structures that enable you to pay little or nothing for the actual upkeep of the nation that houses your personal ambitions to fund your own private space program. Somehow. It feels … strange?
Jeff Bezos’ space flight took 11 minutes. On average, he’s got $ 1.6 million richer every 11 minutes during the pandemic.
An Amazon warehouse clerk could work 50 years and still not make $ 1.6 million. And they don’t get paid sick leave in a pandemic.
– Dan Price (@DanPriceSeattle) July 20, 2021
Jeff Bezos forgot to thank all the hardworking Americans who actually paid taxes to keep this country going while he and Amazon paid nothing. https://t.co/tjOeCWbUA8
– Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) July 20, 2021
Are we just spoilers wanting to ruin the moment? Why are people so excited?
Excuse my (mostly) incurable optimism, but could two successful private space launches in 9 days be something all Americans band about?
– Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) July 20, 2021
Shall we gather around that? Why? Will it help us in any way? Will it benefit our nation in any way?
Will it do our nation any more than reforming international tax laws that have allowed individual business leaders to hoard wealth equivalent to that of nations? An 11-minute trip to zero gravity, financed by a single man, is an accomplishment that is worth more than, for example, improving occupational safety so that workers infected with a potentially fatal virus are not forced to have their virus in their workplace spread if they want to make rent? or feed their children?
Uh It’s a bit mixed up, isn’t it? On the one hand, a nice fire goes up, makes people go oooh. On the other hand, it would not have been possible without Amazon customers and Amazon employees, who all paid more for products or were paid less for their services in order to throw the resulting money into space for eleven minutes of spectacle. Is it the triumph of the market? A guide on the way to dystopia? Something in between?