You misunderstand. No one is claiming that entrepreneurship is ‘essentially a character flaw’. It’s not an ad hominem. And too many people take it personal (which makes me really wonder why.)
But for my case, when someone has the capacity to pay you way, way more, it really makes you wonder if they were being honest with you and themselves. Now, that’s a character critique. (But for solely my case.)
My contention is not against employers or entrepreneurship’s (though it could’ve been taken that way.) The contention is whether we’ve granted moral sanctuary to mundane everyday transactions. Insofar as there’s no room to discuss about morality and fairness (i.e. a general ‘adiaphorism’.) This is not a political critique of capitalism (which too many think it is.) It’s a social critique.
Now, I think it’s extremely toxic to think that others have no impact on one’s perception of one’s social worth. Imagine your saying the same thing to me to a slave or child laborer. Say that to anyone whose epistemically and socially trapped in a lopsided transaction of human affairs. Now, I’m not comparing myself to slaves or child laborers. I just want to show you how this way of thinking is enslaving in many ways, we just can’t know today.
And that’s also what I’m trying to get at here. It’s ‘fairer’, in a sense, that all necessary information be made possible when it comes to negotiating. The situation I was in clearly took advantage of my perceived value of myself and the client’s perception of the value of education.
So many people miss this point: if you’re in a social setting where you’re systematically denied knowledge of your perceived value, how’d you feel? You might argue that this isn’t really happening. I’d be happy to engage in that topic.
Finally, I just want to point to the many ad hominems and attempts at ad hominems made by my many commenters. I find out that most who disagreed with the working class’s views (not just mine) often resort to character critique. That we have ‘no idea how the financial industry works’, as if that’s a sufficient or accurate objection. That we all think capitalists are morally corrupt and greedy. If you think my essay is this generic lament, read it again. It’s not. It also has nothing to do with capitalism or the character of employers and entrepreneurs (except my case.)