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Monday, February 21, 2011

Anti Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 633-635

The whole art of Conservative politics in the 20th century is being deployed to enable wealth to persuade poverty to use its political freedom to keep wealth in power.
Aneurin Bevan,
Labour Party (UK) minister, 1897-1960

Thanks to Bill Blum
It is impossible for any man [sic] to contribute to the social system the physical equivalent of what it costs that system to sustain him from birth until death – and the higher the physical standard of living the greater the discrepancy. If, in addition to his food, he receives also the product of modern industry, this is due to the fact that material and energy resources happen to be available and, as compared with any contribution he can make, constitute a free gift from heaven."
M. King Hubbert, Man-Hours and Distribution.

The working class has several functions in a stratified society, including:

Labor for the enrichment of the rich, preferably cheap labor that is obedient, docile, and quiet.

Personal servants for the rich, to make their lives more convenient and give them a pleasant rush of power and prestige.

Guardians for the rich, to keep the poor in line.

Fighters for the rich, to advance their interests abroad.

Killing for the rich, when killing advances those interests; often, it's a part of advancing their interests abroad.

Dying for the rich.

The rich use the rest of society as pawns to maintain and advance their lifestyles of luxury, prestige, power, and comfort. We are no more than their slaves, and this is how they like it. It must give them a thrill. Our lives mean nothing in this system. All our joys and suffering, all our love and struggle: they are meaningless in this system. Only in our capacities as workers, cops, soldiers and so on are we valuable according to the needs of this system. This is why we are only paid for performing these functions, and few if any guarantees of leisure time, maternal time, sick time and so on exist. All except advancing the economic interests of the masters is just fluff.

thanks to Deb Howell for the cartoon


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