In this assignment, we will continue to apply invention strategies that can help add detail and analysis to arguments, and we will practice more ways of organizing ideas during the revision process. We will also continue applying sentence-level revisions that can make ideas more specific and clear for the reader.
Writing in Good Magazine, journalist and progressive, Nona Willis Aronowitz, announced a new social movement for young people concerned about the recession. Aronowitz suggested that ?Despite its often unhealthy and low priced food options and lack of generous benefits?we should all be mobilizing for the mobile food movement because you are supporting a small business owner at a corporate fast-food price point? (136).
In his essay ?Small, Not Beautiful,? from The Future We Want: Radical Ideas for the New Century, Tim Barker argues that ?the ideal of richly rewarding autonomous (being your own boss and making your own decisions) small business ownership, like owning and running your own food truck, is distorted beyond recognition when wrung through the ideological filter of the small business fetish?(point of view that is obsessed with the righteousness and value of small business) ?and that we continue to glorify full and free employment, even though this is happening in an environment that demands that most people lose the game and give up the right to a living wage or adequate benefits (143).
Barker adds that the only reason that these budding capitalists (new business owners) are being held in such high regard is that they represent small versus big business and that the conflict between management and labor is not necessarily tied to just the size of the company in in question (137).
Barger asserts that ?The problems with large and small businesses share a common source?the private ownership of productive wealth and the unchecked power that employers exercise over workers as a result. The size of the enterprise (company) is ultimately less important than the larger structures that condition and constrain everyone who lives in a given society (144).
In a 4-5-page, thesis-driven essay (using a minimum of 2-3 outside sources) besides the assigned essay, address the following question:
Is the scale (how big/scope) of a business a true indicator of its virtue (good/evil)? Does the fact that a company is small or big determine its value to society? If not, what does make a company valuable? Make a justified case for how small or big businesses are valuable.