or any of the management making decisions about purchasing parts and materials, hiring/firing, pay, equipment purchases, training, etc.
nor does it include the investment of the factory and store owners in said factories, stores, and equipment. Even so, what joy is there in listening to mechanical, robotically generated music in a pale imitation of skill and nuance?
Jesus christ everyone on this board is so quick to act like they're some fucking 60 year old boomer. With some businesses, risk isn't a worry for the heads of the business. I mean, businesses owned and started by multiple people are things that already exists.
The heads of those businesses know that they will be rewarded for reckless risk-taking and that they'll probably get government aid if their recklessness catches up to them. Either friends or family, you see it all the time with local businesses like restaurants or plumbing companies, or with something larger like a law firm.
Conversely, a great chef can fashion of the same material a confection of greater value than a commonplace apple tart, with no more effort than an ordinary cook uses to prepare an ordinary sweet.
If the worker wants to earn the full value of his work, he can go into business for himself. I said "Reguardless of opinion," meaning that it doesn't matter what I think and wages are at the company's discretion. Is the janitor's work equally as important as the manager's, or the accountant's?
The guy on the assembly line is not creating things by himself.
It's about thinking waht to produce, where and how, look at how to sell it, and other decision making like when to expand or upgrade the technology. The worker is a tool and the value of his contribution is the time and energy he puts into his specific task as part of the overall manufacturing plan.
You applied for a job, you do a job and get a guaranteed wage.
He is assembling the parts, which were manufactured somewhere else by a different team of workers, using materials harvested halfway across the world by a different crew of men, and when he is finished assembling it that product will be put on a store shelf by another group of employees, where it will be bought by the consumer.
And that does not include the people driving freight trucks, trains, flying airplanes, sailing ships etc.