Rapid growth of productive capital calls forth just as rapid a growth of wealth, of luxury, of social needs and social pleasures. Therefore, although the pleasures of the labourer have increased, the social gratification which they afford has fallen in comparison with the increased pleasures of the capitalist, which are inaccessible to the worker, in comparison with the stage of development of society in general. Our wants and pleasures have their origin in society; we therefore measure them in relation to society; we do not measure them in relation to the objects which serve for their gratification. Since they are of a social nature, they are of a relative nature.
Marx, Wage Labour and Capital

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A child free from the guilt of ownership and the burden of economic competition will grow up with the will to do what needs doing and the capacity for joy in doing it. It is useless work that darkens the heart. The delight of the nursing mother, of the scholar, of the successful hunter, of the good cook, of the skillful maker, of anyone doing needed work and doing it well—this durable joy is perhaps the deepest source of human affection, and of sociality as a whole.
Ursula LeGuin, The Dispossessed

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It’s useless to wait—for a breakthrough, for the revolution, the nuclear apocalypse or a social movement. To go on waiting is madness. The catastrophe is not coming, it is here. We are already situated within the collapse of a civilization. It is within this reality that we must choose sides.
The Invisible Committee, The Coming Insurrection

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Is not the individual who functions normally, adequately, and healthily as a citizen of a sick society – is not such an individual himself sick?
Herbert Marcuse, Negations: Essays in Critical Theory

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Society does not need more work, more jobs, more competition. On the contrary: we need a massive reduction in work-time, a prodigious liberation of life from the social factory, in order to reweave the fabric of the social relation.
Franco “Bifo” Berardi, The Soul at Work

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People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
Soren Kierkegaard

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They tell us that prisons are over-populated. But what if it was the population that was being over-imprisoned?
Michel Foucault

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Whatever the form of my exploitation this is not my identity, unless I embrace it, unless I make it the essence of who I am and pretend I cannot change it. But my relation to it can be transformed by my struggle. Our struggle transforms us and liberates us from the subjectivities and social ‘identities’ produced by the organisation of work. The key question is whether our struggles presume the continuation of the social relations in which our exploitation is inscribed, or aims to put an end to them.
Silvia Federici, “Permanent Reproductive Crisis: Interview with Marina Vishmidt”

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I may be a lunatic, but then, wasn’t my lunacy caused by a monster that lurks at the bottom of every human mind? Those who call me a madman and spurn me may become lunatics tomorrow. They harbor the same monster.
Akutagawa Ryunosuke

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Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses.

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As you prepare your breakfast, think of others
Do not forget the pigeon’s food.
As you wage your wars, think of others
Do not forget those who seek peace.
As you pay your water bill, think of others
Those who are nursed by clouds.
As you return to your home, think of others
Do not forget the people of the camps.
As you sleep and count the stars, think of others
Those who have nowhere to sleep.
As you express yourself in metaphor, think of others
Those who have lost the right to speak.
As you think of others far away, think of yourself
Say: If only I were a candle in the dark.
Mahmoud Darwish, Think of Others

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