alienation......labour

Jim Drysdale jimd48 at btinternet.com
Sat Apr 27 09:09:54 MDT 2002


EPM.....extract.......

What, then, constitutes the alienation of labour?
First, the fact that labour is external to the worker, i.e., it does not
belong to his essential being;
that in his work, therefore, he does not affirm himself but denies himself,
does not feel content but unhappy,
does not develop freely his physical and mental energy but mortifies his
body and ruins his mind.
The worker therefore only feels himself outside his work, and in his work
feels outside himself.
He is at home when he is not working and when he is working he is not at
home.   His labour is therefore
not voluntary but coerced; it is forced labour.
........Just as in religion the spontaneous activity of the human
imagination, of the human brain and the human heart, operates independently
of the individual......that is, operates on him as an alien, divine or
diabolical
activity.....in the same way the worker's activity is not his spontaneous
activity.
It belongs to another; it is the loss of himself.
....What is animal becomes human and what is human becomes animal.

end of extract.



PS:  JD note.....suggest, also, read Hegel....the unhappy consciousness.

Capital......is a relationship between people expressed in a relation
between things.
i.e......capitalist society *is not* human.   So, it is impossible to be
human.
Hope, e.g. Sherry& Stan the above informs your *huh*?

comradely,  (with feeling)

Jim.



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