[Marxism] Viktor Orban and Scott Walker: “Reconsider It!”

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Dec 21 07:55:10 MST 2018

This economic “development” strategy’s chief contradiction is it pushes 
labor to “vote” with their feet, as the late Albert O. Hirschman argued 
in his 1970 classic work on this subject. Both, Orban and Walker boast 
low-unemployment rates. Yet, their wage-suppression policies have both 
led to workers leave. Hungary’s emigration problem is well known, but 
few know that Wisconsin under Walker is in the top 10 states in the US 
that people exit. Working-age emigration both holds down unemployment 
rates, but eventually puts upward pressure on wages. What to do? If you 
are Viktor Orban, pass the “Slave Law” ensuring business has more labor 
hours at lower compensation, even though in the long run it pushes even 
more workers to move. If you are Scott Walker, bust unions (with 
anti-union “Right to Work” legislation) and legislate limitations on 
compensation increases to public workers (“Act 10,” the signature 
legislation suppressing public worker pay). After that, launch ad 
campaigns trying to attract young workers back from neighboring states 
your policies pushed out.


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