Nature’s Currency is Life
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M. Macha Nightmare’s written a great post about the implications of the Pagan Statement on the Environment.
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On the Earth First! Newswire, a fantastic look at fighting capitalism in France.
And over at the Wild Hunt, an essay about the Capitalist enslavement of Time.
Work done in exchange for money.
Compensation for work has existed for thousands of years; however, under Capitalism, Waged Labor is the only means of survival for the vast majority of the ‘proletariat,’ or non-Capitalists.
In the past, work in exchange for currency acted as a supplement to the rest of a human’s own ‘production.’ A family with a small plot of land could provide many things for themselves, and either trade for what they did not produce or offer their ability to work in exchange for goods, services, or currency.
With the Enclosures and the many other political acts which forced people into a state of landlessness, working for others became the only way to provide the necessities of life, because the majority of people now lacked access to the Means of Production (land, workshops, etc.) outside of Capitalists.
Under Capitalism, work is never fully compensated. Owners wish to pay workers as little as possible for the wealth they generate; workers obviously desire as close as possible to the actual wealth they create (an impossibility in a Capitalist system). The difference between wealth-created and waged labor is Profit, which the Capitalist claims.
Only collective worker-acts ever push wages up over a long-term, past the inert logic of ‘supply and demand.’ Unions, strikes, sabotage, and other refusals often serve this end, but quite often governments and police join the side of owners to quash such collective action.
“In nature’s economy the currency is not money, it is life.”
–Vendana Shiva, Feminist, Environmentalist, and Food-Rights activist