Proletarian Duty

Submitted by westartfromhere on February 14, 2024

If one's employer acts in a manner that one finds morally offensive and is in actuality an offence upon the working class, there is no excuse whatsoever in staying in that employment.

darren p

2 months ago

Submitted by darren p on February 15, 2024

Moralising is usually of limited use. What are you specifically talking about, if it is sensible to share? I mean, on a certain level, what you say here could describe any form of wage labour. The problem is we are compelled to seek employment.


2 months ago

Submitted by westartfromhere on February 15, 2024

Communism abolishes morality, according to Marx, but presumably not a feeling of moral abhorrence at the atrocities carried out under capitalist relations.

This morning I saw Michael, the milkman, on his float delivering milk. Michael is his own employer. Michael does not find his employment morally offensive and neither do I.

Just now I met Mel. She is a warden of someone who requires between two and three workers to constantly attend to her to ensure that the woman they ward is kept in order. Mel finds her employment morally offensive and degrading to herself. She is compelled by her conscience, and to safeguard her health and well-being, to terminate her employment.

The question is how? You are right. It is a problem.


1 month 4 weeks ago

Submitted by westartfromhere on February 18, 2024

darren p wrote: Moralising is usually of limited use.

If one finds something morally abhorrent is one moralising?

For a long time, people desperately resisted the night work associated with industrialisation. Working before sunrise and after sunset was considered downright immoral.

Robert Kurz, The light of Enlightenment: The symbolism of the modern and the exorcism of night