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Free labor market - an illusion?

Posted by Antoniya Ganeva on November 13, 2000 at 16:50:52:

Today in class Prof. Gabriel said that the capitalist labor market is successful because it creates the illusion that it is voluntary and people have the choice of whether or not to sell their labor on it. What bothers me about this statement is the word 'illusion' - is it really just an illusion, or is that the real situation that we have in capitalism? If it's not an illusion, then people indeed are free to choose whether to be employed as well as to choose their employer. But if it is actually just an illusion, then doesn't that mean that people actually do not have these chioces? And if that is the case, don't we get an economic system that has more feudal characteristics rather than capitalist?
Please, could anyone say what they think about that, cause I seem to be wandering in circles - fruitlessly...

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