chop wood, carry water

January 22, 2010

When a man sells his own labor as a commodity, his own activity becomes something objective and independent of him.  In consequence, not only do capitalists see their workforce as an impersonal object, a machine for the generation of profit, but the workers themselves see their own activity as something alien.  However, if the worker becomes conscious that his labor is not something alien, and that he is the subject and object of his own consciousness, this effects an objective change in the object of knowledge, and with it the potential realization that all the so-called facts of existence are merely the reified aspects of total process in which thought and existence are dialectically unified.

– Malcolm Bull, from “Seeing Things Hidden”

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