[Marxism] [SUSPICIOUS MESSAGE] Time Thieves

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Aug 23 10:32:37 MDT 2019

As I have pointed out in previous reviews, Icarus, the New York film 
distributor, is far and away the most important source of 
anti-capitalist documentaries. In keeping with their commitment to class 
struggle cinema, “Time Thieves”, their latest, hones in on the ways in 
which the capitalist system makes us slaves to the clock.

When I worked at a Boston bank in the early 70s, I kept Marx’s words 
pinned to my cubicle wall:

	The worker therefore only feels himself outside his work, and in his 
work feels outside himself. He feels at home when he is not working, and 
when he is working he does not feel at home. His labor is therefore not 
voluntary, but coerced; it is forced labor. It is therefore not the 
satisfaction of a need; it is merely a means to satisfy needs external 
to it.

	–Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844

At the start of “Time Thieves”, we see people of all ages at leisure 
enjoying themselves. After a minute or so, we see another cross-section 
of humanity trudging off to work or to school as narrator Sarah Davidson 
comments: “Under capitalism, time has become a resource with a huge 
economic value. And those profiting from it want as much of our time as 
possible. They even steal it from us.”

Director Cosima Dannoritzer begins by showing the chaos that ensues when 
a new restaurant billed as completely staff-less opens up. Patrons save 
money by preparing the meals themselves, going one step further than the 
automats that enjoyed a heyday in the 30s through the 50s. In the 
kitchen, it is a miracle that those conned into trying this out did not 
lose a finger or suffer third-degree burns. I say conned because we soon 
learn that a restaurant workers union staged the whole thing to 
illustrate the importance of having trained professionals doing the work.

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