Jack Saturday

Monday, June 27, 2011

Anti Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 680, 681

True guilt is guilt at the obligation one owes to oneself to be oneself. False guilt is guilt felt at not being what other people feel one ought to be or assume that one is.
R. D. Laing (1927-89), British psychiatrist,
The Self and Others, ch. 10 (1961

First I was dying to finish my high school and start college; And then I was dying to finish college and start working; Then I was dying to marry and have children; And then I was dying for my children to grow old enough so I could go back to work. But then I was dying to retire. And now I am dying.
Unattributed at
Reflection of Perfection blog

Monday, June 20, 2011

Anti Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 678, 679

Of course, the same men and women who rampaged so freely after the hockey game have today returned to their mind-numbing jobs and are once again the kind of repressed, tax-paying, dissociated people who keep the whole mess going. And that fact I find more terrible and alarming than all the broken windows and burning cars.
Thank God for the Hockey Hooligans:Coming of Age in Canada
By Kevin D. Annett
Thanks to Lucas Trottier and June Bender

i see all of the insanity around me & i want nothing to do with it or others in my behafe but in the system i live in in the USA if i do not work for money i can not have food so i die.
all the jobs there r, r just jobs that Whore you & HURT OTHERS I DONT WANT TO LIE ANY MORE OR POISON OTHERS or make mean humans rich.

so there is no job that a decent or good human can have so all i can see is to die off in protest like gondi in our world it is ok to be killed if it is from being poor...xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Jacque Fresco - Are we educated yet?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Wise Old Man

Monday, June 13, 2011

Anti Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 675-677

[M]uch of the profits American companies are realizing comes from the firing of their employees.
U.S. Companies Making Record Profits -- Because They Invest in Machines, Not Workers
Steven D
Booman Tribune
Fri Jun 10th, 2011

Companies that are looking for a good
deal aren’t seeing one in new workers.

Workers are getting more expensive while equipment
is getting cheaper, and the combination is encouraging
companies to spend on machines rather than people.
Companies Spend on Equipment, Not Workers
New York Times
Published: June 9, 2011

Contractors for Fruit of the Loom, Hanes and Levi’s worked in close concert with the US Embassy when they aggressively moved to block a minimum wage increase for Haitian assembly zone workers, the lowest-paid in the hemisphere, according to secret State Department cables.
The factory owners told the Haitian Parliament that they were willing to give workers a 9-cents-per-hour pay increase to 31 cents per hour to make T-shirts, bras and underwear for US clothing giants like Dockers and Nautica.
But the factory owners refused to pay 62 cents per hour, or $5 per day, as a measure unanimously passed by the Haitian Parliament in June 2009 would have mandated. And they had the vigorous backing of the US Agency for International Development and the US Embassy when they took that stand.

In April 2008 Haiti was rocked by the so-called Clorox food riots, named after hunger so painful that it felt like bleach in your stomach.
WikiLeaks Haiti: Let Them Live on $3 a Day
The Nation
Dan Coughlin and Kim Ives
June 1, 2011  

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The World Owes You A Living

Hi friends! Come on over to my radio station, I've taken episode 1 of my 6-part associational documentary The World Owes You A Living off the store shelf and put it up for all to hear for free on my Extraordinary Discourse podcast. Thanks to those who bought copies of the CDs, from college students listening on their bicycles to nurses, to the actress who said "even my parents liked it" to teachers who used it in their courses, to the writers and journalists and professors who affirmed it, especially those who took the time to write reviews, particularly C. L'Hirondelle of L.I.F.E., J. Hughes of IEET, Karl Widerquist of BIG , and the British artist Edward Picot.
if there is trouble in trying to download episodes from the podcast site, you can download at Internet Archive, here.
Further episodes will appear over the upcoming months.
Best wishes to all

Thursday, June 09, 2011


Monday, June 06, 2011

Anti Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 673-674

…the worker is left with a catch-22: either he [sic] can continue to earn wages disproportionate to the labour power he is putting in, or he can walk out on his contract but face the destitution that soon accompanies transition into the world of unemployment. His predicament is a tragic one indeed, and he is blinded to any prospect of radical change by the ideology instilled in him by the political superstructure, dass Arbeit macht Frei. He is unable to cultivate himself – and so transcend ideology – because he has neither the time nor the means, and so he is increasingly alienated from his creative potential, his peers (due to the competition for work), at times his family, and above all, himself. He is held captive by the capitalist.

Where does the graduate fit into all of this? It’s probably obvious. By virtue of the fundamental principle of the LTV, the graduate intern is actually worse off – at least in the short-term – than Marx’s noble proletarian. This is quite simply because his labour power is being handed over to the capitalist for free. It almost resembles a feudal system, wherein the serf worships the squire; the intern, desperate to raise himself into the upper echelons of the capitalist sphere, takes what he can get, even if he receives no wage over a period of months, and as long as the work doesn’t resemble what he views as ‘poor man’s labour’. He will be easily fobbed off by the oft illusory sugar cubes the capitalist dangles in front of him. And his predicament is not so much tragic as it is pathetic…

what would Karl Marx make of this? As I said, he would laugh in disbelief, disbelief that the capitalist system has created slaves within its own class. Disbelief that these slaves have been ‘culturally enlightened’ and supposedly see the flaws in the system, yet continue to submit themselves to exploitation. They are a sub-culture existing within the middle class itself, and they are full of contradictions: impoverished yet decadent; desperate but unwilling; culturally enlightened yet utterly naive – they are magnets for exploitation.

WWMD- what would Marx do?
Interns Anonymous

Each of us has some kind of tenacious family ancestry to call on in our work.  No matter the glass and steel look of our office, somewhere in each of our backgrounds lies a layered, gritty complexity, an inheritance of people who came through. Life is too difficult to survive without tenacity and perseverance, and we all hold an unroken thread of survivorship by the very fact that we are here, the latest in a very long line of survivors. Some of our ancestors were dogged, silent, and inarticulate in their holding on, some courageously outspoken, but imagine their disappointment in each of us, looking from the perspective of the particular heavens they inhabit, when we do not take another step for them.   When we do not make a frontier of our own lives. If they were quiet in their own lives, they must want us to speak out; if they were loud and vociferous, they must want us to be more tempered and wiser with the fire, but none of them surely, can stomach our willigness to hide ourselves in a bland compliance to powers or careers to which we have made ourselves slaves.
David Whyte
Crossing The Unknown Sea

Thursday, June 02, 2011

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