Jack Saturday

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Anti-Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 391-393

"Full employment" is really another name for slavery.
Martin Hattersley

Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.

…an important and much needed wakeup call. Communities and their citizens have become so dependent upon business and industry to provide them with jobs that it has become a dysfunctional addiction-like co-dependence. This co-dependency has lead many communities to expect businesses and industries to maintain jobs regardless of the negative impact it can have on their own profit margins. This co-dependency for jobs has resulted in employers viewing employees more and more as liabilities and less and less as valuable assets. In essence, the employee/employer dichotomy has become such an increasingly dysfunctional economic relationship that in this 21st century fails to serve either party adequately. If, in fact, it ever did.

It is time to cut the umbilical cord that binds communities to employers for "jobs" while at the same time forcing many employees into the status of mere serfs and wage slaves. It is a relationship that is strangling the performance of far too many of the businesses and industries within those communities while at the same time robbing the people that live in those communities of the very freedoms of existence and choice we say we cherish so much. In essence, the time has come to put that freedom of choice rhetoric to the test and an annually guaranteed, basic, liveable income is an excellent method of promoting those freedoms. Of course, any annually provided and guaranteed, basic income must also be a liveable one in order to provide the ideal bridge between the competing economic needs of business, industry and the communities they operate in. The provision of such an income support means that many more people will be free to choose for themselves how they will occupy their time on this planet and what activities they will participate in during their lifetime. After all, there really is a rich and fascinating life to be found outside the workplace.…It is also quite possible that a nation's artistic community would explode in a modern day Renaissance when its fledgling artists are finally free to explore their passions and to share their vocations with their communities without the drudgery of first performing repetitive and ­ to many artists - meaningless tasks in the workplace in order to then be able to pursue their true callings. Local and amateur sports would also take off and the resulting increased health and wellness benefits that would occur are already acknowledged as important by products of regular exercise.

thanks to L.I.F.E.


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