For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

Open Marxism

by Holloway, John (1995)

Key Passage

by analysing the forms of social relations which proclaim constantly the power of the other and the powerlessness of ourselves (god, money, capital, state, drug barons), it is possible to see that there is apower which constitutes all of these and on which they therefore depend: that all-constitutive power is labour, work, creative practice. The power of the powerless is constituted by that which makes them (us) human, namely work. The power of the powerless is the dependence of the powerful on the powerless. (p.177)


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Marx on Class Struggle, Marx, Centrality of Work



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