Thursday, January 19, 2012


(taken in Markham, Ontario...or somewhere like that)

Corporations are job eliminators. But it’s not their fault.

Corporations make money by providing value to customers who pay them. There are three major ways to win a customer: sell it cheaper, make it better, treat them well.

Under the “sell it cheaper” category, there are three major ways to sell it cheaper: cheaper materials, cheaper value production, cheaper distribution.

Under the category of cheaper value production, labour often comprises the bulk of costs. The most effective business model would provide 100% of value with $0 spent on labour or overhead. In the real world, this ratio is one of the most important efficiency measures: labour dollars to produce one unit.

Thus, businesses constantly and rightly seek production efficiencies and technology that permits fewer jobs to produce more value. A good corporation owes value to its shareholders and must pursue the goal of “sell it cheaper” without compromising product quality or customer experience, so as not to jeopardize the other two ways of winning customers (make it better, treat them well).

“Why did you eat me?” asked the ghost mouse. "I pulled the thorn from your paw!"

The lion licked his booboo, yawning. “Because I am a lion,” he replied.

Corporations eliminate jobs, as fast as and wherever they can. It’s their nature. 

I am a Lion
(Toronto Zoo, 2011)