Manifesto Against Labour

Barry Brooks durable at earthlink.net
Tue Sep 3 19:43:58 MDT 2002


Nestor Gorojovsky made a few posts including
material from http://www.krisis.org/ which
includes the following.

http://www.giga.or.at/others/krisis/manifesto-agai
nst-labour.html

Although the title may imply otherwise, this
manifesto is not against workers, but against
wage-slavery.  I suffers somewhat from the
translation from German. The author (Mr. Krisis?)
pretends to have no respect for Marx, but this
article is still an attack on capital.


Gruppe Krisis

Manifesto Against Labour

1. The rule of dead labour

A corpse rules society - the corpse of labour. All
powers around the globe formed an alliance to
defend its rule: the Pope and the World Bank, Tony
Blair and Jörg Haider, trade unions and
entrepreneurs, German ecologists and French
socialists. They don't know but one slogan: jobs,
jobs, jobs!

Whoever still has not forgotten what reflection is
all about, will easily realise the implausibility
of such an attitude. The society ruled by labour
does not experience any temporary crisis; it
encounters its absolute limit. In the wake of the
micro-electronic revolution, wealth production
increasingly became independent from the actual
expenditure of human labour power to an extent
quite recently only imaginable in science fiction.
No one can seriously maintain any longer that this
process can be halted or reversed. Selling the
commodity labour power in the 21st century is as
promising as the sale of stagecoaches has proved
to be in the 20th century. However, whoever is not
able to sell his or her labour power in this
society is considered to be "superfluous" and will
be disposed of on the social waste dump.

Those who do not work (labour) shall not eat! This
cynical principle is still in effect; all the more
nowadays when it becomes hopelessly obsolete. It
is really an absurdity: Never before the society
was that much a labour society as it is now when
labour itself is made superfluous. On its deathbed
labour turns out to be a totalitarian power that
does not tolerate any gods besides itself. Seeping
through the pores of everyday life into the
psyche, labour controls both thought and action.
No expense or pain is spared to artificially
prolong the lifespan of the "labour idol". The
paranoid cry for jobs justifies the devastation of
natural resources on an intensified scale even if
the destructive effect for humanity was realised a
long time ago. The very last obstacles to the full
commercialisation of any social relationship may
be cleared away uncritically, if only there is a
chance for a few miserable jobs to be created.
"Any job is better than no job" became a
confession of faith, which is exacted from
everybody nowadays.

The more it becomes obvious that the labour
society is nearing its end, the more forcefully
this realisation is being repressed in public
awareness. The methods of repression may be
different, but can be reduced to a common
denominator. The globally evident fact that labour
proves to be a self-destructive end-in-itself is
stubbornly redefined into the individual or
collective failure of individuals, companies, or
even entire regions as if the world is under the
control of a universal idée fixe. The objective
structural barrier of labour has to appear as the
subjective problem of those who were already
ousted.

Full text at...
http://www.giga.or.at/others/krisis/manifesto-agai
nst-labour.html





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