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Re: To be forced to work for someone else

Posted by blue_flower on November 3, 2001 at 07:56:02:

In Reply to: Re: To be forced to work for someone else posted by Becka Friedrichs on October 21, 2001 at 16:25:40:

it isn't about believing that everyone would have the drive, as if drive was something you are born with. it is seeing that drive or motivation is cultural. we meet the expectations that get built into us as children or most people do anyway. it is capitalism that takes away the drive to be independent, just like slavery did but with less subtle means.

: I don't believe that it is an issue of what is natural and what is not. We have all been so influenced by our respective communities, that I dont believe anyone can know exactly what they would do if it weren't for society's pressures. I would love to think that I have the drive to be my own boss, but society has time and time again made it quite clear that most of us will end up working for someone else. Therefore, for many it is just easier to accept this fate and go on with their lives. I think Marx's view about the two types of private properties is very interesting, because it assumes that naturally we would all work for ourselves if left alone. Therefore, something must happen to force us to work for others. But how can one exactly make the assumption that we would indeed all have that drive??



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