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Re: Free labor market - an illusion?

Posted by Kate Porter on November 13, 2000 at 19:03:11:

In Reply to: Free labor market - an illusion? posted by Antoniya Ganeva on November 13, 2000 at 16:50:52:

Antoniya, I see we are getting philisophical now! :) I definitely understand what you are saying, and I see your confusion, but my interpretation of Professor Gabriels comment was slightly different than yours. He 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." First, I think that that was a general statement, and does not necessarily apply to all of capitalism. But where it does apply, I think that it is true. People really don't have a choice of whether or not to work; they must work if they want to survive. So in general people don't have the choice of whether or not to sell their labor on the labor market. Their choices revolve around to whom they will sell their labor. That is Capitalism. The "illusion" is the average person's perception of their choices, and the false reality they hold as solid fact.
So here are my "perceptions". I don't know if they help, but I hope they open up future discussion! Anyone?
~Kate

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