Conservatives could start their own lower-cost construction companies

Conservatives, instead of complaining about Latin American immigrants taking all the jerbs, could be developing a possible alternative approach to the current Latin American immigrant domination of construction (mostly Mexican, but increasingly other countries such as Guatemala and El Salvador).  One way to go would be to take all those young homeschool guys who need to figure out some way to earn a living and have them do it up collective style.  Many of those young men come from families of 5 or more and are used to the rack and stack approach in a household.

Since a lot of the complaints among the commenters to that blog are about undercutting and working cheaper, one could utilize one of the few existing pools left of American whites who are used to living more densely and achieve many of the same cost efficiencies.  In fact, one could potentially get it classified as a ministry and have third parties eat the workers’ comp expenses and still get the benefits of the lower hourly wages.

Or one could keep complaining on dissident right blogs while sitting at a cheap desk made in China using a computer also made in China from parts mined in politically unstable countries in a house built by those horrible, horrible Mexicans and El Salvadorans.

I’m not saying this suggestion is flawless, it’s a suggestion after all, but it’s got more practical meat to it than the endless whining and zero action that is pretty much the sine qua non of the dissident right.  The regular right’s sine qua is ineffective and almost exclusively political action.  Doing for self wasn’t just a slogan, it was a way to think about clan and ethny and effective collective action in an individualistic, atomized society that was already too far in that direction decades ago.

Not quite what I was thinking would be my 100th post, but that’s ok!

 

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6 thoughts on “Conservatives could start their own lower-cost construction companies”

  1. You do realize it’s things like Worker’s Comp and those kinds of things that are required of going legit that prevent Americans from being competitive with illegal immigrants, right?

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    1. I covered that in the post, with the part about structuring the group as a ministry (or nonprofit) so fundraising/grants would allow lower bidding. Also, I used the homeschool subculture precisely because they already often live pretty low on the hog and could basically offer the same services at a similar price point with the bonus of being citizens who speak English. My point was precisely to take a group of Americans who could live at a level that would permit charging the same or a little lower in bidding for jobs.

      Perhaps I should change my posting name to Manful McManParts and you’ll bother to read the post before commenting.

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      1. Have you talked to anyone in who owns a construction business or know anyone who does? I have a number of friends who do.

        You aren’t going to find a way to structure a company that does construction projects like that. That is why Habitat For Humanity doesn’t use power-tools. Unless you are doing minimal construction which more aligns with landscaping than construction. Then you just pay your workers cash and don’t allow them to do anything exceptionally dangerous. Much of the Worker’s Comp mandates are also tied in with OSHA and even a ministry has to obey OSHA practices. You can’t get around it, especially if you start operating equipment like airiel work platforms and cranes. You have to get government permits to do that kind of work, so you will be under scrutiny to carry the necessary insurance.

        The other aspect my friends (who try to hire as many American workers as they can) complain about is that the Americans they hire are a lot less reliable for various reasons. My friend once hired 4 Americans for a construction job and by the 3rd day, none of them could show up for various reasons (mostly due to legal offenses, some beyond their control like behind on Child Support payments).

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        1. Ok, first you argue that construction is rampant with illegal hiring practices and regulatory violations to “stay competitive”. Now you argue (via implication) that all those people somehow follow regulations and just so happen to come out cheaper using mexican/guatemalan/etc. labor. Pick one. Either you have to have all this stuff to be in construction or you don’t. I named a specific category of reliable white Americans for a reason, many of whom even have construction experience.

          My competing anecdata is that subcontracting is how regulatory burden is minimized so as to hire illegal laborers. You pay a couple of guys’ full costs and subcontract and anyway nobody can find the subcontractor a few years later, they just move right on. That’s a model that it is totally possible to subvert or compete with even with the crazy regulatory environment we have. Or, you know, you could change up your story some more to explain why it’s impossible and OH WELL A POX ON THOSE MESSICANS THEY TOOK AR JERBS.

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  2. Perhaps I should change my posting name to Manful McManParts and you’ll bother to read the post before commenting.

    Now that’s funny. 🙂

    Admittedly, I wonder if there’s a large number of home schooling parents who want their kids to actually do that kind of work. From what Alte noted in her coop, nearly all of the students went on to college and complete their degrees which does imply a certain desire for their kids to join the upper middle class.

    so fundraising/grants would allow lower bidding

    Why would somebody want to fund a non-profit to build houses? Habitat for Humanities can get away with their model because they’re doing so for poor people, but would people support that for building middle class housing?

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    1. There are already charities that use power tools to build houses. And homeschoolers are massively more likely than average to be comfortable with manual labor and construction (some of them already do it, or suggest that others have their sons get started with it).

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