Jack Saturday

Monday, June 25, 2012

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 832-834

For the technologies that did emerge proved most conducive to surveillance, work discipline, and social control. Computers have opened up certain spaces of freedom, as we’re constantly reminded, but instead of leading to the workless utopia Abbie Hoffman imagined, they have been employed in such a way as to produce the opposite effect. They have enabled a financialization of capital that has driven workers desperately into debt, and, at the same time, provided the means by which employers have created “flexible” work regimes that have both destroyed traditional job security and increased working hours for almost everyone. Along with the export of factory jobs, the new work regime has routed the union movement and destroyed any possibility of effective working-class politics.

Meanwhile, despite unprecedented investment in research on medicine and life sciences, we await cures for cancer and the common cold, and the most dramatic medical breakthroughs we have seen have taken the form of drugs such as Prozac, Zoloft, or Ritalin—tailor-made to ensure that the new work demands don’t drive us completely, dysfunctionally crazy.
Of Flying Cars and the Declining Rate of Profit
David Graeber
The Baffler

Is there anybody here that can tell me when was the last time you heard or read that a Pharma company has come [up] with something that cures a disease?  I'll give you 100 Euro right now if you tell me. They don't cure anything, they make you sick.
All of the drugs out there are useless. They are garbage. They don't work, they give you serious side effects - and eventually many of them kill you.
John Virapen
former manager of the pharmaceutical companies Eli Lilly (1980 to 1988 Managing Director) and Novo Nordisk 

Political maturation goes hand in hand with changes in traditional patterns of domination and submission. Subjects simultaneously reject the paternalism of the authorities, dispense with their own complementary infantilism and victimhood, and assume the responsibilities of citizenship.
Robert W. Fuller
Somebodies and Nobodies


  • Jack, I saw this comic and immediately thought of your blog:

    By Anonymous Markus, at 9:40 AM  

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