Philosophy, June 24th

“Whoever eats up, robs, and steals the nourishment of another, that man commits as great a murder (so far as in him lies) as he who starves a man or utterly undoes him. Such does a usurer, and sits the while sage on his stool, when he ought rather to be hanging on the gallows, and be eaten by as many ravens as he has stolen guilders, if only there were so much flesh on him, that so many ravens could stick their beaks in and share it. Meanwhile, we hang the small thieves.” – Martin Luther

“Both in the case of the machine and of the tool, we find that after allowing for their average daily cost, that is for the value they transmit to the product by their average daily wear and tear, and for their consumption of auxiliary substances such as oil, coal and so on, they do their work for nothing, like the natural forces which are already available without the intervention of human labor. The greater the productive effectiveness of the machinery compared with that of the tool, the greater is the extent of its gratuitous service. Only in large-scale industry has man succeeded in making the product of his past labor, labor which has already been objectified, perform gratuitous service on a large scale, like a force of nature.” – Karl Marx, Capital

“Now if we make the sweet wine and millet vessels pure to carry out the sacrifices with reverence and circumspection in case ghosts and spirits do really exist, this provides father and mother, older and younger brother with drink and food, so how is it not a substantial benefit? If, however, ghosts and spirits do not really exist, this might seem like a waste of the materials used for the sweet wine and millet vessels. But on the matter of wastage, it is not that we just pour these materials into ditches and drains and cast them away. Within, the family members, and without, of the district and village, all get what is provided and drink and eat it, so although ghosts and spirits may not truly exist, this still means that large numbers of people can meet together for enjoyment, and this fosters a closeness of district and village.” – Mo Zi, The Book of Master Mo

“All objections urged against the Communistic mode of producing and appropriating material products, have, in the same way, been urged against the Communistic modes of producing and appropriating intellectual products. Just as, to the bourgeois, the disappearance of class property is the disappearance of production itself, so the disappearance of class culture is to him identical with the disappearance of all culture.” – Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto

“Signor, melancholy was not made for beasts, but for men; and yet, if men encourage melancholy too much, they became no better than beasts: good your worship be contented, mind what you’re about, take hold of Rozinante’s reins, rouse up, awake, and shew that good humor which all knights-errant ought to have.” – Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

“Let Carnegie, Dana & Co. first see to it that every law in violation of equal liberty is removed from the statute-books. If, after that, any laborers shall interfere with the rights of their employers, or shall use force upon inoffensive “scabs,” or shall attack their employers’ watchmen, whether these be Pinkerton detectives, sheriff’s deputies, or the State militia, I pledge myself that, as an Anarchist and in consequence of my Anarchistic faith, I will be among the first to volunteer as a member of a force to repress these disturbers of order and, if necessary, sweep them from the earth. But while these invasive laws remain, I must view every forcible conflict that arises as the consequence of an original violation of liberty on the part of the employing classes, and, if any sweeping is done, may the laborers hold the broom! Still, while my sympathies thus go with the underdog, I shall never cease to proclaim my conviction that the annihilation of neither party can secure justice, and that the only effective sweeping will be that which clears from the statute-book every restriction of the freedom of the market.” – Benjamin Tucker, Instead of a Book

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