Decision to close is difficult for who?

Decision to close is difficult for who?
Date May 11, 2006
Section(s) Opinion
To the Editor:

I live in New York City, but my grandparents were from Iowa, where I spent many summers in Cedar Falls. Now I’m in shock reading of Whirlpool’s plan to cut thousands of jobs, after buying Maytag for billions (AP, May 10, 2006). AP’s article reports Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack saying, “The loss of jobs in this community will not be easy to swallow.” But Dave L. Swift, president of Whirlpool, said, “the decision was difficult for the company but necessary to improve its cost efficiency.”

Difficult for the company? We should feel sorry for a company that paid a total of $2.6 billion to buy out Maytag? What about the families of the workers?

The one reason for this — and everyone should be outraged by this — is that this company wants to make as much profit as possible with little consideration for who will suffer.

And Americans are now incensed at the profits made by oil companies.

The American philosopher and economist Eli Siegel, founder of the education Aesthetic Realism (, explained that profits should not be made off of that which people need to live. As we are seeing, this way of economics is contempt for people, defined by Mr. Siegel as “the lessening of what is different from oneself as a means of self-increase as one sees it.”

Ellen Reiss, Class Chairman of Aesthetic Realism, explained in the journal The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known:

“The basis of profit economics is that you can work at all only if your labor can provide a profit for somebody else: Your value is not how useful you can be to people and the world, but how much money can be gotten out of you.”

All Americans will profit — not just a few — when we are asking this ethical question first stated by Mr. Siegel: “What does a person deserve by being a person?” Ms. Reiss describes what has to be:

“The economy has to be based on each person thinking about other persons in America and feeling, ‘You are different from me, but you are like me too — your feelings are as real as mine are. And you deserve as much of this beautiful American earth with all its wealth and possibilities as I do.'”

Devorah Tarrow

New York


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