There is immanent in capital
an inclination and constant tendency
to heighten the productiveness of labour
in order to cheapen commodities,
and by such cheapening
to cheapen the labourer himself.
–Karl Marx, from Captial
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He, who before was the money owner, now strides in front as capitalist; the possessor of labour power follows as his labourer. The one with an air of importance, smirking, intent on business; the other, timid and holding back, like one who is bringing his own hide to market and has nothing to expect but–a hiding.
–Karl Marx, from Capital
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It is only in folk tales, children’s stories, and the journals of intellectual opinion that power is used wisely and well to destroy evil. The real world teaches very different lessons, and it takes willful and dedicated ignorance to fail to perceive them.
|(Eugene Victor Debs. Nov. 5, 1855-Oct. 20, 1926)|
A little break from my usual poetry posting. Eugene V. Debs. Labor leader. Five time Socialist Party candidate for U.S. Presidency. Much of what he said still burns with his original intensity, and is as true today as when he said it:
Who looked into the din and confusion of war, in the mud of battles,
for the principle of intelligibility of order, institutions, and history?
Who first thought that politics was war pursued by other means?
–Michel Foucault, from Society Must Be Defended
Once we sign on for war’s crusade, once we see ourselves on the side of the angels, once we embrace a theological or ideological belief system that defines itself as the embodiment of goodness and light, it is only a matter of how we will carry out murder.
–Chris Hedges, War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning