Kiss Me On a Burning Barricade
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The measure of a worker’s ‘output’ over time against wages.
Capitalists wish to increase worker productivity in order to decrease the cost of labor–the most amount of work for the least amount of pay. This logic runs counter both to the needs of workers and also the natural logic of work.
Consider. If you’re in charge of providing a meal for 500 people, it’d be preferable to have as many people to help with this task that you can gather. The more people, the less work.
Capitalist logic, however, demands that the very least amount of people to cook that meal be hired, because each person involved demands pay for the job. Thus, in a restaurant, owners maintain only minimal amounts of staff, ‘cut’ staff when its slow, and constantly increase the work-burden of the few workers they hire. That increase is ‘productivity.’
Many governments issue ‘productivity’ figures to measure the state of the economy. Low productivity means there are ‘too many’ employed people (full employment is bad for Capitalism) and thus lower profits for owners. Often, lay-offs follow such figures.
When a boss gives you extra work, or when a position stays unfilled for prolonged periods of time, keep in mind that these are tactics to increase the amount you work, so those above you can hold on to more of the money you are making on their behalf.
“Borrowing Nietzsche’s definition, we are the children of Dionysus, sailing in a barrel and not recognising any authority.
We are a part of this force that has no final answers or absolute truths, for our mission is to question. There are architects of apollonian statics and there are (punk) singers of dynamics and transformation. One is not better than the other. But it is only together that we can ensure the world functions in the way Heraclitus defined it: “This world has been and will eternally be living on the rhythm of fire, inflaming according to the measure, and dying away according to the measure. This is the functioning of the eternal world breath.”
We are the rebels asking for the storm, and believing that truth is only to be found in an endless search. If the “World Spirit” touches you, do not expect that it will be painless.”
–Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, of the anti-authoritarian, anti-Capitalist band Pussy Riot, in a prison letter to Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek.