I suppose the average reader knows what a sharecropper is.
The practice picked up quite a bit after the Civil War because of the number of recently freed slaves. Of course, sharecroppers were kind of looked down upon because they didn't own the land they worked.
Truth is you had to be successful as a sharecropper. If you didn't turn a profit for the landowner he's find someone else to work the land.
The truth of the matter is that most of us are sharecroppers in one form or another. We're expected to produce and make the company we work for a profit. If we don't we're gone. It is as simple as that.
It's skill based and market based. If the market is full of widget makers the wage for that job is likely pretty low. If widget makers are hard to come by a company will likely pay a pretty penny for a good one.
Still, the widget maker has to turn the company a profit or else he's not going to have a job for very long.
Those of us that work for a company are basically the same thing sharecroppers are. We work for a company and get paid from them.
I suppose a lot of small businessmen out there are thinking that they are truly independent. Fact is they are not. They have a boss, too.
Sometimes it's the bank, but always it is the customer base.
We all have bosses one way or the other and we all work for someone else in some form or another.
In short, we're all sharecroppers.
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