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The Worker, Scarcity, & Violence

Saturday, October 10, 2009
The mines of Serra Pelada by Sebastião Salgado.

The mines of Serra Pelada by Sebastião Salgado.

At The Excerpt Mill I quote Sartre:

Engels was right to say that very often, when two groups engage in a series of contractual exchanges, one of them will end up expropriated, proletarianised and, often, exploited, while the other concentrates the wealth in its own hands. This takes place in violence, but not by violence: and experiencing exchange as a duel in this way is characteristic of the man of scarcity. Though the result is appropriated in violence by the dominant class, it is not foreseen by the individuals who compose it.

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