Tuesday, February 26, 2013

"Give us back our commons and you can keep your poor relief."

"The revolution in spinning deprived agricultural labourers of this part of their subsistence at the very time when enclosure was making them more dependent on wages and diminishing the demand for agricultural labour."

"el que no obra por el bien de todos sino por el suyo"

liturgy: forms of public worship
worship: "worth ship"
value (labour theory of)
labour power
common-pool resource
"labor is not a commodity"


labor is knot a commodity

robot macht frei
In former times, when the services were personal, it was for the interest of the lord to have as many persons as possible to perform those services. As in later times a West Indian or South American planter did not count the magnitude of his estate by the number of acres, but by the number of slaves he had upon it, so a feudal baron regarded his wealth by his villeins, not by his acres. But when personal services were changed into money payments the very object of keeping up a large number of serfs was done away with. It was not then the number of tenants, but the amount of rent that the lord regarded as the great object of his estate. It mattered not to him if the rent was paid by fifty or five hundred tenants; indeed he would rather prefer a small to a large number, as the rents would be more easily collected and even increased by large holdings, and the pasture of the wastes improved by being subject to a smaller number of commonable rights.

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