Contradiction: sometimes useful

I observed a couple things today that seemingly have nothing to do with each other, but actually serve as examples of a related thing after some brief reflection.  Consider:

-The NBA lockout — a forced work stoppage imposed on the players by the team owners, with their goal being getting the players to swallow pay cuts — continues*.  Michael Jordan, a former player who is now an owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, signed off on the brand bearing his name airing the following commercial:

Whether intentional or not, this amounts to an owner admitting that without the players, there is no product.  The value is derived from the labor.  How can this be?  A knowing wink of support from someone who used to literally** be in the same shoes?  Or an in-joke that whiffed over his head?  Whatever it is, the commercial is cool to me, regardless of my total lack of intention to buy the product.

-Meanwhile, the contest to run for president for the Republican party — you know, the supposed “anti-tax” half of the ruling body — includes candidates who’ve released a tax plan that raises most people’s taxes and (now with Perry) a tax-simplification plan that actually makes taxes more complicated.

Now that is the contradiction I’m used to: none of this reasonable sentiment stuff, just pure unadulterated dumbass.

(* – except at my house! If you have 2k12 on 360 and fancy a whoopin’ at my hands, hit comments or email w/ a gamer tag)

(** – How often do you get to use that cliche and actually be accurate with it?)

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About b-psycho

Left-libertarian blogger & occasional musician.
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2 Responses to Contradiction: sometimes useful

  1. Todd S. says:

    I don’t know about the message, but I could easily kick back with a cold one, close my eyes, and listen to it for a while.

  2. AR says:

    Whether intentional or not, this amounts to an owner admitting that without the players, there is no product. The value is derived from the labor.

    While true, it is equally true that without the owners, the players are just a bunch of people good at basketball, not highly paid members of a national association of the best players in the country. If it were otherwise the players could just all quit and form their own association and not be any worse off for it. This kind on conflict can only arise when both sides need the other to make the most of their own assets.

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