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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Anti Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 708-711

Hard times were common enough, but except in extremis most people retained land and tools, not to speak of common rights to woodlands, grazing areas, and the ability to hunt and fish. They were -- we would say today -- “self-employed.” Only when such means of subsistence and production became concentrated in the hands of merchant-capitalists, manufacturers, and large landowners did the situation change fundamentally. A proletariat -- those without property of any kind except their own labor power -- made its appearance, dependent on the propertied to employ them. If, for whatever reason, the market for their labor power dried up, they were set adrift.
Massive Unemployment: Proof That Global Capitalism Doesn't Work
By Steve Fraser and Joshua B. Freeman
September 11, 2011
Tomdispatch.com /
Via AlterNet

The extreme poverty rate among women climbed to 6.3 percent in 2010 from 5.9 percent in 2009, the highest rate ever recorded.
Women and children last

[W]e are attempting to use the logic of a scarce marketplace to negotiate things that are actually in abundance. What we lack is not employment, but a way of fairly distributing the bounty we have generated through our technologies, and a way of creating meaning in a world that has already produced far too much stuff.

We start by accepting that food and shelter are basic human rights. The work we do -- the value we create -- is for the rest of what we want: the stuff that makes life fun, meaningful, and purposeful.”
Douglas Rushkoff

I believe that as technology continues to develop a new approach will have to be adopted globally. Capitalism simply doesn’t work when technology surpasses the abilities of humans, and believe me that reality isn’t far away.
Technological Unemployment
March 22, 2011
By Josh Hunt


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