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Friday, January 27, 2006

The Gospel of Work vs. the Gospel of Wealth

The lie that today's Objectivists/Capitalists love to spread is that "Capitalism"="Hard Work" and it is a LIE. Capitalism is letting your money earn you more money. It has nothing to do with Labor. If you sit around the pool waiting for your dividend checks to arrive you are not "working hard". --pseudolus
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..."If we look at the United States in the 19th century, we see a popular culture that was, in a word, anti-capitalist," Doukas said. "And this was reflected very much in the political scene of the time. You had to be in favor of the working man. You had to support and praise the common man. The basic idea is that work is what dignifies a person. It is an anti-aristocratic ideology. It goes way back, really. Aristocrats were characterized as parasites, as people who lived off the work of others. Whereas good, virtuous American people worked hard and were expected to enjoy the fruits of their labor."
 
So, for example, Abraham Lincoln, in his first annual message to Congress in 1861, makes his statement about capital and labor: "Capital is only the fruit of labor. Labor is the superior of capital and deserves much the higher consideration."
 
But when the corporations came in and took over, the major message was -- no, it's capital, not labor, that produces the wealth of society -- it's capital that deserves the greater consideration."
 
And this is what Doukas means by "the sabotage of an American community."
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