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Labor can be used to create wealth for others…or to create life (Work Work Work in ‘Truthout’)

On this Labor Day, perhaps it is time for all members of the world’s working class, to ask themselves, why is work so often a “torment,” an “affliction,” done under “compulsion”? Why does it feel as if our bosses are “persecuting” us? Why does it wreck our bodies? Why does it seem so meaningless? It certainly doesn’t have to be and was not for most of our time on Earth…. | more…

Work could be different (Yates featured in ‘Labor Notes’)

…From the employer’s point of view, our labor power is simply a commodity, no different than the inanimate buildings, machines, tools, and raw materials purchased by businesses. Given our circumstances, we must sell this commodity to survive. But after we do, the employer has no guarantee that our capacity to toil will be converted into actual work effort. Workers have always resisted their commodity status… | more…

Grappling with “Capital’s” entirety: Not just for first-time readers (Heinrich reviewed by ‘Marx & Philosophy Review of Books’)

Heinrich’s close attention to the original German, contrary to many anglophone scholars, is another element of his textual approach that strengthens the accuracy of the interpretation…..to say that “How to Read Marx’s ‘Capital’” is not only for first-time readers may be to state the obvious. It is a commentary that is straightforward in its exposition and indispensable for beginners, yet still challenges those who have already long dedicated themselves to a study of ‘Capital’…. | more…