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Originally posted by HomeBrew
Regardless of how you go about it, one must always 'work' for food, shelter, safety, ect. It's as natural as breathing.
In handicrafts and manufacture, the workman makes use of a tool, in the factory, the machine makes use of him. There the movements of the instrument of labour proceed from him, here it is the movements of the machines that he must follow. In manufacture the workmen are parts of a living mechanism. In the factory we have a lifeless mechanism independent of the workman, who becomes a mere living appendage.19
Marx's theory of alienation (Entfremdung in German, which literally means "estrangement"), as expressed in the writings of the young Karl Marx (in particular the Manuscripts of 1844), refers to the separation of things that naturally belong together, or to put antagonism between things that are properly in harmony. In the concept's most important use, it refers to the social alienation of people from aspects of their "human nature" (Gattungswesen, usually translated as 'species-essence' or 'species-being'). He believed that alienation is a systematic result of capitalism.
Originally posted by NuclearPaul
We are domesticated stock. Just like cattle, and that's a direct analogy. Open the paddock gates and let us out to have true freedom, and most of us would perish. Most are that domesticated that it is no longer possible for them to survive without corporate "assistance" (the farmers). Therefore they must "work" in service to the corporations to live on the planet they were born on.
The modern day "work" is simply slavery that has evolved over time. Why whip someone to do something, when all you have to do is make them feel they are dependent on you for their survival, then give them "rewards" for them serving you, and then slowly take their rewards away?
The middle classes are unaware of the scale of government spending cuts that will hit them this year, Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has said.
Mr Clarke said the coalition should be prepared for political difficulty when Middle England feels the full impact.
"If someone says it's not as bad as all that, I say they just don't realise the calamitous position we're in."
Originally posted by GeminiSky
reply to post by HomeBrew
I agree with that, however I would be happier just living of the land and working for my own survival, which in todays modern world is pretty much impossible.