You hear a lot of complaining nowadays about the economy. Some people say it’s great (a little bit of a slump, but overall things have never been better!), some people say it’s so unreasonably fucked that we’re going to see the worst die-off in history in this next century. I fall into the latter camp, obviously, to the extent that I’m considering becoming an undertaker.
Similarly, you hear a lot of complaining about the job market. Employers say you can’t find qualified employees (and I believe it’s not just an H1-B thing, although that’s part of it), and qualified employees say you can’t find a decent wage for raising a family (and here I mean engineers, doctors, and everyone with a computer science degree who isn’t precisely between the ages of 29 and 31).
Here’s how I reconcile all of this: America is a big-S Socialist country where instead of treating commodities and labor hours as a priori fungible, we treat human beings this way.
In the Soviet Union, the problem of pricing led to extremes of overproduction and undersupply, which paradoxically caused many people to starve while crops simultaneously rotted away in the fields. In America, the overproduction occurs in the areas of job training and the undersupply of trained workers to corporate “people”. So if you make the following find/replace adjustments, the job market in America makes sense:
USSR -> USA
Person -> Corporation
Commodities -> People
Capital -> Human resounces
I think this is the logical economic theodicy for our dogmatic Equalism, which arose from the perfect storm of Globalism, anti-racism, and a naive Cartesian dualism which assumes the mind is pure spirit (I adhere weakly to the latter).
At least in Soviet Russia, you didn’t have to pretend to be an extravert constantly overflowing with hopeful joy.
I think pockets of capitalism are allowed to exist in some parts of the economy simply because otherwise we’d already have returned to the stone age if over-the-road trucking regulation were actually enforced.
So here comes some of the coldest, hardest truths about the [trucking] industry…it’s time to start telling it like it is…so hang on to your seat…you may NOT like this next part
EVERYBODY WINS WHEN DRIVERS CHEAT THE [LOG]BOOK
It’s true. If the driver cheats on his logbook, everybody benefits. How is that? Simple…drivers get paid by the mile and so do the trucking companies themselves. So the more miles a driver runs in a given amount of time, the more money the driver makes AND the more money the driver’s company will make.
As an added bonus, the more miles you are turning per truck and per driver in a given amount of time the more efficiently you are moving goods for your customers overall.
The more efficiently you move goods overall the more efficiently our economy runs as a whole. So as you can clearly see, if one driver can find a way to turn more miles in any given amount of time it benefits the driver, his company, the customers you are serving, and the overall economy as a whole [sic].
That’s why governments on every level try to give the impression that they are serious about cracking down on drivers and companies that break the laws and yet in all reality they do very little or nothing about it. If they were to seriously crack down on the abuse they would be crippling our own economy.
So who has a vested interest in REALLY enforcing the laws?
In reality the enforcement is sparse and predictable. Even when a certain state is going to do a three day crackdown they ANNOUNCE it ahead of time so everybody knows!
So even the very few that do get caught cheating just pay a small fine and continue doing what they were doing before…breaking the law and profiting from it. Believe me, everybody makes WAY more money by cheating the system than they lose by getting caught once in a great while. [Ed: Gosh this sounds familiar.]
If you think that the DOT won’t be able to touch you as long as your truck appears to be safe, you are minding your own business, and your logbook is legal, you are sadly mistaken.
As a commercial driver you fall under federal regulation. If you ever for a moment believe they can’t shut you down and take your license away for no apparent reason then you are tragically idealistic. As a truck driver you will be under the constant scrutiny of not only your own company but also your own government.
Your truck is being tracked through the use of numerous networked GPS, Camera, and RFID enabled devices every moment of every day. EZPASS, Pre-Pass, Qualcomm, engine signatures, cameras, x-ray machines, and an untold number of other unknowable devices are being used to monitor everything from your engine conditions to your speed, location, elevation, direction, and are keeping track of everyplace that truck has ever been.
If you think the government conspiracy theorists are crazy then just ignore what I’m telling you and believe it isn’t true. I just hope for your sake that you aren’t choosing to ignore me because if it WAS true you would be doomed. My troubled friend, for your sake I’d suggest running for the border as fast as you can and BY GOD don’t do it in a big rig. But heck, what do I know right? Do it your way.
If you pay close attention to overpasses, light poles, intersections, and weigh stations you will see tons and tons of devices all over the place like antennas, cameras, and many other well-disguised devices as you pass on by.
The system knows where you are supposed to be going and when you are supposed to arrive there. If it calculates that you have too far to go for the amount of time you have left to get there it will issue an alert to dispatch letting them know you seem to be running late.
The point of all of this is to inform you that no matter how legal and untouchable you may THINK you are by having your truck all shined up and your logbook caught up with hours of driving still available I promise you it’s an illusion.
You are only free to roam this country in a big rig as a commercial driver because they are allowing you to do so. You do not have the right as a commercial driver to be left alone no matter how perfect having that right may seem. They can shut you down, search your vehicle, and hold you in custody if they really want to or feel they need to.
Now I’m not saying you’re likely to be thrown in prison for life for absolutely no reason. I’m simply saying please don’t make the mistake of copping an attitude or making a dumb decision based on the facade that you have some God given rights and nobody can take them away from you.
America is a bigger lie than any single human could ever have conceived working alone. Congratulations comrades, we have done it. What we have done, exactly, is not something you need worry about just now. Everything is going according to plan.
The Eclipse is coming. Either you enter apotheosis, or you enter the maw, and you are not the protagonist in this Behelit myth. When the founding fathers of America chose the phoenix as the national symbol, were they thinking of you?
The point of having pyramids is mass human sacrifice in order to elevate some few others: so sayeth the bigocc. A little rain on your poolside parade.