“If you want to keep your job, you’d better let me fuck you”*

Posted: 29 May 2012 in Uncategorized
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Chris Bertram is right. Libertarians do not have an adequate answer to the following question:

“What’s wrong with an employer saying to an employee (who needs the job, has bills to pay and kids to feed): “If you want to keep your job, you’d better let me fuck you”?

The question is, why?

Why do libertarians with their race-blindness, tolerance of sexual diversity and easy-going attitude to hallucinogens consistently line up at the polls with old-style reaction? It is because of this: because of a sense of the right of private power to do what it likes on and with its property. All of which brings me to Marx and to that withering analysis of the reality of the private power to which “libertarians” are blind

This sphere …, within whose boundaries the sale and purchase of labour-power goes on, is in fact a very Eden of the innate rights of man. There alone rule Freedom, Equality, Property and Bentham. Freedom, because both buyer and seller of a commodity, say of labour-power, are constrained only by their own free will. They contract as free agents, and the agreement they come to, is but the form in which they give legal expression to their common will. Equality, because each enters into relation with the other, as with a simple owner of commodities, and they exchange equivalent for equivalent. Property, because each disposes only of what is his own. And Bentham, because each looks only to himself. The only force that brings them together and puts them in relation with each other, is the selfishness, the gain and the private interests of each. Each looks to himself only, and no one troubles himself about the rest, and just because they do so, do they all, in accordance with the pre-established harmony of things, or under the auspices of an all-shrewd providence, work together to their mutual advantage, for the common weal and in the interest of all.

On leaving this sphere of simple circulation or of exchange of commodities, which furnishes the “Free-trader Vulgaris” with his views and ideas, and with the standard by which he judges a society based on capital and wages, we think we can perceive a change in the physiognomy of our dramatis personae. He, who before was the money-owner, now strides in front as capitalist; the possessor of labour-power follows as his labourer. The one with an air of importance, smirking, intent on business; the other, timid and holding back, like one who is bringing his own hide to market and has nothing to expect but — a hiding.

*I know, I know. I must be in a profane mood today.

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Comments
  1. Scott M. says:

    Link doesn’t seem to work

  2. David F. Ruccio says:

    Fixed! Thanks. . .

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