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Saudi Arabia: Noted Friend of Workers Rights

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Almost forgot to mention the latest new low for Jacobin–publishing an argument that Phil Mickelson and the LIV Golf Tour is a workers rights issue against those damn PGA capitalists.

Prior to the arrival of LIV, professional golf had been experiencing many of the same issues as other industries: the growth of managerial power in relation to labor. The previous PGA Tour commissioner, Tim Finchem, received, for example, 5.1 million dollars so long ago as 2009, and five other tour officials made more than 1 million dollars that year. Similar numbers are reported for other golf organizations, reflecting how golf generally is part of the massive upsurge in executive compensation that’s taken place over the past few decades.

Most significantly, the Wall Street Journal reported in September that in 2020, tour commissioner Jay Monahan received $14.2 million, which is not only an enormous number in itself but also is ridiculous in relation to another number: Monahan’s salary was roughly twice what 2020’s leading money winner, Justin Thomas, took home ($7,344,040). By joining LIV, professional golfers like Mickelson have, consciously or not, been protesting an imbalance in financial power.

Oh OK.

The chances that this is paid propaganda from the Saudis is approximately 100%. And you know there is no way that Jacobin would turn down Saudi money.

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