What is wage slavery?

Wage Slavery

Wage slavery refers to a situation perceived as quasi-voluntary slavery, where a person's livelihood depends on wages, especially when the dependence is total and immediate. It is a negatively connoted term used to draw an analogy between slavery and wage labor; highlighting unequal distributions of behavioral enrichment by focusing on similarities between owning and employing a person. The term wage slavery has been used to criticize economic exploitation and social stratification, with the former seen primarily as unequal bargaining power between labor and capital (particularly when workers are paid comparatively low wages, e.g. in sweatshops), and the latter as a lack of workers' self-management, fulfilling job choices and leisure in an economy. The criticism of social stratification covers a wider range of employment choices bound by the pressures of a hierarchical society to perform otherwise unfulfilling work that deprives humans of their "species character" not only under threat of starvation or poverty, but also of social stigma and status diminution.

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Noam Chomsky/to Do - Thought - Politics
... Labor history Labor unions Labor laws Minimum wage Socialism Portal Politics Portal Part of a series on Libertarian socialism Concepts Anti-authoritarianism Anti-capitalism ... economics Planned economy Really Really Free Market Wage slavery Workers' self-management By region Africa Argentina Australia Brazil Canada China Cuba ... He contends that there is little moral difference between chattel slavery and renting one's self to an owner or "wage slavery" ...
Wage Slavery - Schools of Economics
... In mainstream, neoclassical economics philosophy, wage labor is seen as the voluntary sale of one's own time and efforts, just like a carpenter would sell a chair, or a farmer would sell wheat ... Post Keynesian economics perceives wage slavery as resulting from inequality of bargaining power between labor and capital, which exists when the economy does not "allow labor to organize and form ...
Noam Chomsky/Comments From Chomsky - Thought - Politics
... socialism Marxism Marxism–Leninism Labor history Labor unions Labor laws Minimum wage Socialism Portal Politics Portal Part of a series on Libertarian ... aid Mutualism Participatory economics Planned economy Really Really Free Market Wage slavery Workers' self-management By region Africa Argentina Australia Brazil Canada China Cuba ... contends that there is little moral difference between chattel slavery and renting one's self to an owner or "wage slavery" ...
Refusal Of Work - The Concept of Wage Slavery
... Wage slavery refers to a situation where a person's livelihood depends on wages, especially when the dependence is total and immediate ... It is a negatively connoted term used to draw an analogy between slavery and wage labor, and to highlight similarities between owning and employing a person ... The term 'wage slavery' has been used to criticize economic exploitation and social stratification, with the former seen primarily as unequal bargaining power ...
Errico Malatesta - Political Beliefs
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