The First Job Creator

Adam Kotsko has posted an economic retelling of the Genesis 1 creation account on his blog. Here is how it begins:

In the beginning, God created the wealth and the jobs. Now the wealth was a formless void and darkness covered the sources of value, while the spirit of capitalism hovered over the depths. And then God said, “Let there be jobs,” and there were jobs. And God saw that the jobs were not very good; and God separated the jobs from the surplus-value. God called the surplus-value Wealth, and the jobs he called Costs. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

And God said, “Let there be a partition in the midst of the jobs, and let it separate the jobs from the paychecks.” So God made the partition and separated the jobs that were paid from the internships. And God called the partition a Great Opportunity. And God saw that it was profitable. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.

Click through to see how it unfolds!

  • Straw Man

    Logorrhea, basically. Clearly doesn’t know much of anything about economics, and is just strewing economic and business buzzwords. Mostly what emerges is the writer’s angst.

    Not claiming that all his angst is unjustified, mind. Only that the writer clearly has no basis of knowledge with which to distinguish actual injustice from basic laws of economics or geography. For example, it’s easily explained why street cleaners are paid less than brain surgeons, or why teachers are paid less than professional athletes. It’s ALSO easily explained why areas with more natural resources have more natural resources. (Insert “Guns, Germs and Steel” reference here.)

    To properly address injustice, it’s necessary to identify it correctly. If we rail against racial discrimination in the NBA, that’s great; but our message is weakened if we complain that they also discriminate against short people, small children and the elderly.

    • tagte

      Your name is perfect.

      • Straw Man

        Uh, thanks? Were you going to point out the nature of the “straw man” in question, or is that some sort of secret?


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