Featured in Issue XVIII – December 2021
We need to work in order to produce the things and services that we need to live, and grow, as human societies, so common sense tells us. And from this seemingly irrefutable basis, everything else follows as if by necessity: the coercion, subordination, exhaustion, boredom, misery, stress, and anxiety of work.
But we are not working for human needs. All the work of billions of people across the planet, enhanced by modern science and technology, is directed towards generating profit for bosses and owners while the majority of people live in poverty, working themselves to an early grave because they have no other choice.
Forced labour underpins the capitalist economy no less than the feudalism that preceded it. The instruments of production are owned and managed by a minority of people – the capitalist class – who can invest their capital to generate…
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