Jack Saturday

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

More Than Enough

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Saturday, February 25, 2006

Anti-Job, Pro-Freedom Quotes Of The Week 53 and 54

The true forms of government, therefore, are those in which the one, or the few, or the many, govern with a view to the common interest; but governments which rule with a view to the private interest, whether of the one, or of the few, or of the many, are perversions. For the members of a state, if they are truly citizens, ought to participate in its advantages.
Book III, chapter 7

Slavery was the first attempt at automation. With it, some human beings, at least, were freed at last from the "burden of toil"; as a direct consequence, civilization was born, which is the child of leisure. Those who did not have to "work" anymore, who did not have to apply all their ingenuity and efforts to the solution of immediate problems for obtaining an immediate result... began to think and to apply at least part of their brains to abstract thought, long-term problem solving, cultural and philosophical considerations, etc. Not only was it more interesting to deal in abstract thoughts, but it soon became evident that, globally, it was also more efficient: new ways were discovered to hunt, to sow, to weave and to "make things". Mankind had discovered production, and wealth increased for everybody; for everybody, that is, who was a "human being"...
Pierre Allard
Crisis And Beyond

Monday, February 20, 2006

Declaration Of

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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Anti-Job, Pro-Freedom Quote Of The Week 52

The Master and Servants Act was the culmination of a series of laws designed to regulate relations between employers and employees during the 18th and 19th centuries, although heavily biased on the employers' terms. It was instituted in 1823 in Great Britain and described its purpose as "for the better regulations of servants, labourers and work people". This law greatly influenced labor relations and Employment law in the USA, Canada (1847), Australia (1845), New Zealand (1856) and South Africa (1856). In reality the law was designed to discipline employees and repress the 'combination' of workers in labour unions.The law required the obedience and loyalty from servants to their contracted employer, with infringements of the contract punishable before a court of law, often with a jail sentence of hard labour. It was used against workers organising for better conditions from its inception until well after the first Trade Union Act was implemented in Great Britain in 1871, which secured the legal status of trade unions. Up till then a trade union could be regarded as criminal because of being "in restraint of trade".

Monday, February 13, 2006

Full Unemployment

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Saturday, February 11, 2006

Anti-Job, Pro-Freedom Quotes Of The Week 50 and 51

People unfit for freedom - who cannot do much with it - are hungry for power. The desire for freedom is an attribute of a "have" type of self. It says: leave me alone and I shall grow, learn, and realize my capacities. The desire for power is basically an attribute of a "have not" type of self.
Eric Hoffer

In the world to come, each of us will be called to account for all the good things God put on earth which we refused to enjoy.
The Talmud

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Anti-Job, Pro-Freedom Quotes Of The Week 48 and 49

Conservatives and liberals may disagree on means and methods, but they and even a number of progressive grassroots critics seem to agree that the proper goal is to make poor people "self-sufficient" and that this is attained through "work." "Work," in turn, is defined as renting oneself out to an employer, the direct antithesis of self-sufficiency.
A Chilling Consensus: Welfare
July 05, 2002
Z-Net Commentary
By Paul Stree

What I demand of the worker is not to produce any longer by his own initiative, but to execute punctiliously the orders given down to their minutest details.
Frederick Winslow Taylor