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Slavery in Disguise

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  • alcyon11
    There is a still more deep-seated form of violence, and that is the strong hand of the power of money. This is the hidden dictatorship in capitalist society.
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 27, 2004
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      "There is a still more deep-seated form of violence, and that is the
      strong hand of the power of money. This is the hidden dictatorship in
      capitalist society. They do not use violence upon a man directly, in
      a noticeable fashion. The life of a man depends upon money, the most
      impersonal, the most unqualitative power in the world, and the most
      readily convertible into everything else alike. It is not directly,
      by way of physical violence, that a man is deprived of his freedom of
      conscience, freedom of thought, and freedom of judgment, but he is
      placed in a position of dependence materially, he finds himself under
      threat of death by starvation and in this way he is deprived of his
      freedom. Money confers independence; the absence of it places a man
      in a position of dependence. "

      "But even the man who possesses money finds himself in a state of
      servitude and is exposed to an unnoticed form of violence. In the
      Kingdom of Mammon, man is compelled to sell his labour and his labour
      is not free. Man has not known real freedom in labour. The labour of
      the artisan has been more free, relatively speaking, and so has
      intellectual labour, which by the way, has also been exposed to
      unnoticed violence. But the mass of human beings has served its time
      in toil which is servile, in forced labour, in the new slave labour
      of the capitalist world, and in bond service after the pattern of the
      communist society. Man remains ever more and more a slave." -
      Nicholas Berdyaev (Master, Slave and Free Man)

      Mary Jo
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