There was a time when renting yourselves out to a job was considered the wage slavery that it is, but now your use to it, proud even to be a slave.
What is a wage slave?
Wage slavery refers to a situation where a person’s livelihood depends on wages or a salary, especially when the dependence is total and immediate. It is a pejorative term used to draw an analogy between slavery and wage labor by focusing on similarities between owning and renting a person.
The term wage slavery has been used to criticize exploitation of labour and social stratification, with the former seen primarily as unequal bargaining power between labor and capital (particularly when workers are paid comparatively low wages, e.g. in sweatshops), and the latter as a lack of workers’ self-management, fulfilling job choices and leisure in an economy. The criticism of social stratification covers a wider range of employment choices bound by the pressures of a hierarchical society to perform otherwise unfulfilling work that deprives humans of their “species character” not only under threat of starvation or poverty, but also of social stigma and status diminution
Wage Slavery Equates to Chattle Slavery Noam Chomsky:
Activist, Linguist and renowned interlectual Professor Noam Chomsky about wage slavery, illegitimacy of power, legitimate use of force and violance; and libertarian anarchism.
- It’s only a small collection of excerpts from the one hour long discussion with UC Berkeley’s Harry Kreisler for the UCTV series “Conversations with History”.
- That particular episode was titled “Activism, Anarchism, and Power”. The full discussion is also available here at YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ghoXQ…).
Mike Leung on Worker Cooperatives and Financing
Mike Leung of the proposed Worker Cooperative Federal Credit Union, and Abolish Human rentals discusses financing and worker cooperatives.
Why America’s favorite anarchist thinks most American workers are slaves
BY David Graeber April 17, 2014 at 2:25 PM EDT
Bureaucrats pushing paper decide what we and our work are worth. But somewhat ironically, Graeber suggests, it’s those bureaucrats who perform the most meaningless work of all. If we gave everyone a lump sum basic income and eliminated those bureaucratic jobs, we’d all be better off, he says.