The happy slave syndrome by Peter Rigg

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by Peter Rigg
From the June 2008 issue of the Socialist Standard

The following is a transcript of a talk from a recent SPGB Day School.

Why do we so doggedly embrace the wages and money system when it openly makes use of us?

For some of us our wage slavery can buy us a comfortable, prosperous lifestyle and personally rewarding work; for others it means being discarded; for most of us perhaps it’s something in between. But in any event, the sole purpose of the capitalist system is to make a profit out of us and to accumulate capital, and no amount of TV property programmes, cars, foreign holidays, latte coffee, or shopping makes any difference to that.

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