Wage labor? Wage slavery?

“The slave was precious to his master because of the money he had cost him… They were worth at least as much as they could be sold for in the market… It is the impossibility of living by any other means that compels our farm labourers to till the soil whose fruits they will not eat and our masons to construct buildings in which they will not live… It is want that compels them to go down on their knees to the rich man in order to get from him permission to enrich him… what effective gain [has] the suppression of slavery brought [him ?] He is free, you say. Ah! That is his misfortune… These men… [have] the most terrible, the most imperious of masters, that is, need. … They must therefore find someone to hire them, or die of hunger. Is that to be free?”

Simon Linguet 1763


6 responses to “Wage labor? Wage slavery?

  1. Mr. Linguet tells it like it is. hear, hear

  2. Maybe it’s you that’s changing and not me. Welcome to the Twilight Zone.

    • Well, that is of course possible, if not desirable, ask my wife, and the point of dialogue is to get the best of all points of view.

      It might also be that you prefer my more anarchist posts and dislike the more socialist side. As I’ve said before the U.S. Right’s emphasis on freedom from government has echoes in much anarchist thought. Where we differ is on the oppressive nature of capitalism.

  3. Yes, yet again I am forced to agree with you.
    A change of subject. I’m really ticked off about how the members of the US Government, especially the Congressmen and Senators, can exempt themselves from laws that they pass that regulate all other citizens. I want to fix it so that they get treated just like the rest of us – no special advantages. Can you sick your gang of comrades on the US Capitol and straighten out those knuckleheads?
    Another question: Is Scotland trying to become independent from the UK?

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