Jack Saturday

Monday, January 07, 2013

Anti Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 924-927


And it never occurs to such plutocrats that their success ultimately stems from the system created and maintained by the rest of society.

There's enough to go around. Therefore, nobody should be left to starve. Logical enough to me.

 If you actually think people should be starved to death because they don't obey your moral command to work - that's no different from someone thinking you should be shot because you won't obey their moral command to worship their deity of choice.

 In any case, wealth is not *mainly* produced by current labour, it's *mainly* produced by natural inputs (land, air, water, fuel) and past scientific advantages. You didn't produce either of those, so you've got no basis for denying their benefits to others.

People's beliefs about work are socially constructed - this is an undeniable fact which can be proven a million times over. If one set of beliefs are predominant in a particular time and place - there is a dominant culture.
What might a world without work look like?
04 January 2013 12:25 AM
(emphasis JS)

Wilhelm von Humboldt, who did some of the most interesting work on this, once pointed out that if an artisan produces a beautiful object on command we may admire what he did but we despise what he is - he's a tool in the hands of others. If on the other hand he creates that same beautiful object out of his own will we admire it and him and he's fulfilling himself. It's kind of like study at school - I think we all know from our experience that if you study on command because you have to pass a test you can do fine on the test but two weeks later you've forgotten everything. On the other hand if you do it because you want to find out, and you explore and you make mistakes and you look in the wrong place and so on, then ultimately you remember.
Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky on How He Found His Calling
(emphasis JS)

...no one seemed to mind buying goods produced by people, including children, working long hours for slave wages and living in dorms. Soon, if you want to work, you will be one of them. Karma.
New York Times
Published: December 18, 2012


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