Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Emancipating Labour

Capitalism in the Adam Smith sense, is an emancipator of Labour. If you can separate from the cycle of labour, saving, and consumption, you can change the rules. Hand to mouth requires converting labour into money, saving for something, buying that thing, and repeating. Capitalism can free the hand. Instead of saving for something, you reinvest. The money then works, and gets paid for that work. Eventually Capital can work instead of Labour delivering a passive income stream for the owner. The income emancipates the owner to think of things that can't be monetised. Time and space to be creative in ways that can't be reduced to a number. Capital and Labour aren't enemies, they are lovers. Their relationship doesn't have to be a tragedy.

What satisfaction canst thou have tonight?

May I free your hand?

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