For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work


by Marx, Karl (1973)

Key Passage

Labour no longer appears so much to be included within the production process; rather, the human being comes to relate more as watchman and regulator to the production process itself. (What holds for machinery holds likewise for the combination of human activities and the development of human intercourse.) No longer does the worker insert a modified natural thing [Naturgegenstand] as middle link between the object [Objekt] and himself; rather, he inserts the process of nature, transformed into an industrial process, as a means between himself and inorganic nature, mastering it. (p.705)


Marx, Political Economy, Marxism, Social Class, Capital, History, Historical Context


"Fragment on Machines", Marx on Machines

Links to Reference


Fowkes, B.



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