Jack Saturday

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Anti Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 628-630

"if you don't like your job or income you can always go elsewhere."

* If a lifestyle that doesn't involve work is feasible, then work can be thought of as voluntary.

* If a workplace you like is feasible, then a job you don't like can be thought of as voluntary.

* If living dirt cheap is feasible, then working for a low income can be thought of as voluntary.


Realizing that direct competition with foreign industry on a straight labor basis would mean swiftly decreasing wages per hour and longer hours and decreasing buying power of the public, and compounding all the industrialization trends, America's labor will realize that its function is not to increase jobs, but to multiply the wealth and to expand the numbers benefited by the wealth at the swiftest possible rate.
R. Buckminster Fuller
The factory system also threatened the promise of economic reward--another key premise of the work ethic. The output of products manufactured by factories was so great that by the 1880's industrial capacity exceeded that which the economy could absorb (Rodgers, 1978). Under the system of home and workshop industries, production had been a virtue, and excess goods were not a problem. Now that factories could produce more than the nation could use, hard work and production no longer always provided assurance of prosperity.
Roger B. Hill, Ph.D.


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