Jack Saturday

Monday, December 31, 2007

Anti-Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations 190-192

… one significant milestone has gone strangely unnoticed: the 200th anniversary of Jan. 1, 1808, when the importation of slaves into the United States was prohibited.

This neglect stands in striking contrast to the many scholarly and public events in Britain that marked the 2007 bicentennial of that country’s banning of the slave trade. There were historical conferences, museum exhibits, even a high-budget film, “Amazing Grace,” about William Wilberforce, the leader of the parliamentary crusade that resulted in abolition.

In the United States, however, slavery not only survived the end of the African trade but embarked on an era of unprecedented expansion.
Forgotten Step Toward Freedom
New York Yimes

Published: December 30, 2007

To sell one's labour power on the market is to enter into a relationship of subordination with one's employer -- it is to become a slave to the employer/master. The only major differences between a slave and a worker is that a worker is only a slave at work while a slave is a slave twenty-four hours a day, and slaves know that they are slaves, while most workers do not think of themselves in such terms.
L. Susan Brown
Does Work Really Work?
Taken from Kick It Over 35

The morality of work is the morality of slaves, and the modern world has no need of slavery.
Bertrand Russell,
In Praise Of Idleness


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