The Making and the Taking

I was reading the other day an article about the modern day Republican mindset. It talked about how Republicans see the country divided into two camps: the makers, who create wealth and the takers who take it, not having helped make it. No prizes for guessing which category they think Republicans and Democrats fit in. Which is a pity as I think the concept is useful, but applied in a self righteous way it loses its point.

I guess I see makers as really important to the economy and I think we should run the economy with these folk in mind, though of course also making sure they aren’t screwing up the land, the country and the planet in the process. But while I see Republican farmers, small business folk, the managers of large manufacturing companies clearly in the maker category; I also see the working folk who actually make cars, goods, and provide services in that category and many of them are clearly Democrats. So the makers are well balanced between the two parties I would estimate.

Now as for the takers. Well Wall Street is the major place where large swathes of our economic output is taken without too much value add. Not to say we don’t need a stock market, insurance, shipping and other financial services needed to run the making part of the economy. We just don’t need a vast casino sector strapped on the side whose main aim is to monopolize most of our economic growth and put it into the pockets of the 1%, without adding much of value in the process. Wall Street bankrolls both parties but I guess the majority of rich Wall Street folk actually vote Republican and so the latter have a big slug of takers that don’t make too. And there are of course lots of other folk, who take because they can’t find a job, often because Wall Street deemed that jobs should be sent off shore to better reduce wage costs and screw down domestic wages. To me, this is another form of taking.

So by all means lets use this maker/taker distinction. Just don’t let one party claim that it has the lock on the making bit.

Making: not the Republican monopoly:

About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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