Jack Saturday

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Anti-Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of the Week 250, 251

When people talk about depression, it's usually seen as an individual thing. That one person has emotional problems - and they should get help. However, I view the large number of depressed people as systemic. We've made our society chalk-full of stress, denial of human desires, and not built for human comfort and desire. Every day many people repress emotions and what we want to do in order to keep that job.The result of that stress is pretty naturally depression. It's about time we started remolding our society and economics so that the goal is human happiness rather than a higher GDP.
depression and a stressful society
Posted by: carrotwax on Aug 15, 2008 8:06 AM

The Common Technological Heritage of Humanity has been reinvested time and time again, accruing compound interest over years, decades, generations, centuries and millennia. “Wealth,” as Bucky Fuller famously observed, “is knowledge utilized.” There is sufficient accrued technological wealth to provide a satisfying material and spiritual existence for every member of humanity, and the fact that this is not (yet) realized is the direct and predictable result of the economic incentives created by contemporary sputtering politico-socioeconomic systems.
The obvious and blatant violation of this intended inheritance and birthright of all humanity to benefit from properly directed science and technology is unconscionable, predictable and soon to be eliminated, democratically.
Robley E. George
Center for the Study of Democratic Societies

mueller cartoons

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Anti-Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotation Of The Week 249

There are some days when I think I’m going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.
Salvador Dali

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Anti-Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations 246-248

What a great, positive weekend I had. Now I'm sitting here on Sunday night, dreading going in tomorrow. The piece of shit terminal manager is back and I just know he will be on my case for every fucking little thing that happens. He is such a piece of shit. I'm actually in with a respectable agency (yeah they actually do exist around here) and I am going to call them and tell them I'm back on the market. At this point I'll take anything over 6 months. I'm so sick of this fuckin job and this rotten to the core company. I want to quit my job tomorrow morning.

Humans are congenitally allergic to work -they don't want to work whenever they have a chance not to work.
The sacrosanct notion of work is the cause of most of humanity's woes. Never trust the priests of work because they've poisoned their minds with it. For example, the quantity of economically necessary work declines, yet politicians and economists tell us that the only way to end unemployment is with more useless work. Why couldn't more people do much less?
The invention of workerism gradually, and even then only partially, subverted our natural inclination to be lazy and our disinclination to work.
The ugly brown dye of work spills across this miserable civilization, saturating the fabric of everyday life, day after back-breaking day.
The masses martyr themselves with work.
Work surrounds us and lays siege to our souls.
Going to work is like hurling yourself into an abyss.
The time has come to prepare the sacred cow of work for slaughter.
Aphorisms Against Work
by Len Bracken

Suicide is becoming an increasingly popular response to debt. James Scurlock's brilliant documentary, Maxed Out, features the families of two college students who killed themselves after being overwhelmed by credit card debt. "All the people we talked to had considered suicide at least once," Scurlock told a gathering of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys in 2007. According to the Los Angeles Times, lawyers in the audience backed him up, "describing clients who showed up at their offices with cyanide, or threatened, 'If you don't help me, I've got a gun in my car.'"

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Anti-Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations 244-245

First of all, I really, really, really need this money. With college going on, with redecoration of the appartment I live in, I really could use this money for much better purpose than I usually do. And this is the first year when I come to work thinking that this could be my last day. Today is August 2nd, and D day is on Tuesday, August 5th. I have exams in September, and I can work till the end of August. And where can I find the job for this 20 days?!?! But, staying at home for this 20 days costs me several hundreds of euros - which is A LOT OF MONEY when you are a student in a poor country. Country that belongs to the Europe continent, but not to the EU. Enough said.BUT, (yes, there is a big “but”), this job sucks. It was ok few years ago, but now everything changed, and it sucks. Everybody notice that. At the outside, everything looks fine, but in the inside… Nothing seems to be working, nothing seems to be ok. Nobody respects me there anymore, I have to say something for about thousand times so somebody would listen to me. I work only half the time I was working the last summer… The place is falling apart, and part of me wants to run away.

Guaranteed and Basic Income concepts have been around for some time but, in this 21st century of globalized markets, they represent income support systems which I believe offer the best mechanism for modern day communities to cope with the impacts of that globalization! Even more importantly, a Basic, Guaranteed and annually funded Income which is actually liveable also heralds the potential to finally free us all from the wage-slave relationship that has dogged capitalism from its inception. Today we are witness to communities everywhere struggling to cope with massive layoffs, plant closures and the economic aftermath of businesses and industries arbitrarily shifting their operations around the planet while attempting to maximize their own survivability in the globalized marketplace.

Ever since the Industrial Revolution, whole communities have become increasingly dependent upon employers for their economic well-being. But very few businesses or industries ever wanted the responsibility of providing this particular function. Businesses and industries have always placed their own interests first and foremost, interests which - for the most part - mean the pursuit of ever greater profits while incurring the lowest possible costs. Of course, just like you and I, businesses and industries must always consider their own economic security first, and employees are increasingly being identified as a major cost factor in that decision making process.
William D. Clegg, B.A. Phil.
Member National Anti Poverty Organization

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

McLuhan, Job vs Role