The work of a practical nature is labor. Labor is also considered the collective workers. Work may be directed toward hell and the things that perish based upon exploitation and selfishness or of salvation where the abundant produce will be toward the benefit of all. In consequence of the division of labor among independent producers, the products assume the form of commodities. Commodities are exchanged for each other in a given ratio, at first directly, and eventually through the medium of gold or money. The basic property of commodities is the human labor expended upon them, the basis and measure of value. The capitalist buys labor power to exploit it, this is the source of inequality.

Thoreau - they are employed, as it says in an old book, laying up treasures which moth and rust will corrupt and thieves will break in and steal. Most men through mere ignorance and mistake, are so occupied with the factious cares and superfluously course labors of life that its finer fruits cannot be plucked by them.
Einstein - Only a fraction of the available human labor in the world is needed for the production of the total amount of consumption-goods necessary to life. Under a completely free economic system this fact is bound to lead to unemployment. In the factory system, men, destined by nature to creative work, are convicted to dehumanizing labor; the source of wealth of the owners of industry is the exploitation of workers.

The rightful gain of which the workers are deprived constitutes the wealth of the owning class (alienated labor), capital is power of command over labor and its products; capitalism is stored up labor. One of the major needs of this system is for cheap labor. Inevitably peoples of color have been incorporated into the system as the cheapest kind of labor. Racism has continued to be a useful political weapon in defending the status quo.

Pope John - Each one needs the other; capital cannot be without labor, or labor without capital.
Franklin - when men are employed they are best contented.
The Gospel of Labor - Henry van Dyke - :.. He cancels the curse of Eden and brings them a blessing instead: Blessed are they that labor for Jesus partakes of their bread. He puts His hands to their burdens. This is the Gospel of Labor, ring it, ye bells of the kirk! The Lord of Love came down from above, to live with the men who work. Heaven blest with perfect rest, blessing of earth is toil.'

Let everyone then, do something, according to the measure of his capacities. To have no regular work, no set sphere of activity - what a miserable thing it is.
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