Workers Quotes

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Wilhelm Reich
“You'll have a good, secure life when being alive means more to you than security, love more than money, your freedom more than public or partisan opinion, when the mood of Beethoven's or Bach's music becomes the mood of your whole life … when your thinking is in harmony, and no longer in conflict, with your feelings … when you let yourself be guided by the thoughts of great sages and no longer by the crimes of great warriors … when you pay the men and women who teach your children better than the politicians; when truths inspire you and empty formulas repel you; when you communicate with your fellow workers in foreign countries directly, and no longer through diplomats...”
Wilhelm Reich, Listen, Little Man!

Jeffrey Eugenides
“Historical fact: People stopped being people in 1913. That was the year Henry Ford put his cars on rollers and made his workers adopt the speed of the assembly line. At first, workers rebelled. They quit in droves, unable to accustom their bodies to the new pace of the age. Since then, however, the adaptation has been passed down: we've all inherited it to some degree, so that we plug right into joy-sticks and remotes, to repetitive motions of a hundred kinds.”
Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

“All the mega corporations on the planet make their obscene profits off the labor and suffering of others, with complete disregard for the effects on the workers, environment, and future generations. As with the banking sector, they play games with the lives of millions, hysterically reject any kind of government intervention when the profits are rolling in, but are quick to pass the bill for the cleanup and the far-reaching consequences of these avoidable tragedies to the public when things go wrong. We have a straightforward proposal: if they want public money, we want public control. It's that simple.”
Michael Hureaux-Perez

Noam Chomsky
“Both political parties have moved to the right during the neoliberal period. Today’s New Democrats are pretty much what used to be called “moderate Republicans.” The “political revolution” that Bernie Sanders called for, rightly, would not have greatly surprised Dwight Eisenhower.

The fate of the minimum wage illustrates what has been happening. Through the periods of high and egalitarian growth in the ‘50s and ‘60s, the minimum wage—which sets a floor for other wages—tracked productivity. That ended with the onset of neoliberal doctrine. Since then, the minimum wage has stagnated (in real value). Had it continued as before, it would probably be close to $20 per hour. Today, it is considered a political revolution to raise it to $15.”
Noam Chomsky

Núria Añó
“The land of easy mathematics where he who works adds up and he who retires subtracts.”
Núria Añó

Jim Thompson
“He was thinking that the cities, perhaps, needed to look into the future even more than the country did. They should look ahead for forty, eighty, one hundred and sixty years, to a strong and healthy plain of population - or to an overworked, weakened, underfed, and infertile desert.”
Jim Thompson, Heed the Thunder

Steven Magee
“The long term health complications from COVID-19 are remarkably similar to what is being seen in long term high altitude workers.”
Steven Magee

Jericho Brown
“I don’t know whose side you’re on,

But I am here for the people

Who work in grocery stores that glow in the morning

And close down for deep cleaning at night”
Jericho Brown

“Flog them, hang them, drown them like rats. It won’t change the facts: we are the ones who poured our sweat and souls into your looms. We have rights to expect a little loyalty.”
C.S. Malerich, The Factory Witches of Lowell

Kamaran Ihsan Salih
“The contract is only for advantage of the owner of business to use it as a weapon against workers.”
Kamaran Ihsan Salih

Lailah Gifty Akita
“A wage to a worker is not a free gift.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Steven Magee
“Professional astronomers have successfully evaded researching Mauna Kea Sickness in their summit workers and their offspring, and it is unacceptable for this to continue.”
Steven Magee

Jean Baudrillard
“The workers, once the heroes of historical negativity, have become the transparent unemployed workforce of factories that are but simulacra. The intellectual, once the herald of historical negativity, has become the transparent clown of dissidence.”
Jean Baudrillard, Cool Memories

Steven Magee
“Disability is a fraudulent system that is ran by fraudulent people.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“I will remember the USA as a country that scams their disabled.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“With the benefit of hindsight, I formed the opinion that professional astronomers viewed their high altitude workers as disposable.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“Summit Brain’ was a term that Mauna Kea Observatory management teams would use to describe the forgetfulness and confusion that would develop in their workers when at very high altitudes.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“By the time I had been through the disability and workers compensation systems, I had developed an extreme dislike of the government.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“Workers Compensation lawyers are one of the most toxic groups of people I have met in life.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“The government’s plan for my disabling sickness was to send me into poverty.”
Steven Magee

“almost everybody joins the “Company” and works when they are older But it seems that because of the terrible harshness, each year tens of thousands of people take their lives. But it seems that almost everyone work in the company anyway to shave of their life.
if this is not crazy what is”
ChubbyChicken

“The American public school system was designed to make Americans just smart enough to run machines, use tools, and be able to read well enough to follow instructions. The smartest students are given scholarships so they can work directly or indirectly for, and help, the government to continue destroying this country.”
James Thomas Kesterson Jr

Günther Anders
Kafka's characters are not more abstract than real people: they are people attached to a job.”
Günther Anders, Kafka pro und contra: Die Prozess-Unterlagen.

“Work reveals worth. Your work is an extension of you. Where your work is found is where your worth is defined”
Benjamin Suulola

Mitchell Waldman
“This used to be a great country. Not now. Not anymore.
I was laid off from the drugstore. Worked there almost thirty years. Worked my way up from the bottom, from Stock Boy to Manager, with little in the way of education -- I didn't graduate high school, was a semester shy when my dad got sick. I ran that damned place for the owner, Bud Wilkins. Then, when Bud retired, and had no one to carry on the business, this big chain bought him out and they discarded me like a badly worn sneaker."
--From the story "After the Layoff," included in forthcoming story collection BROTHERS, FATHERS, AND OTHER STRANGERS”
Mitchell Waldman

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“The internet and social media have turned the average employee’s cell phone into a labour-wasting device.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Futility, the tactic union busters use to subtly convince people nothing will change and they should just stay home and not bother voting, is best combatted by having lots of examples at the ready to describe the many real achievements ordinary people have made despite stiff odds.”
Jane McAlevey, A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy

Langston Hughes
“The boss's got all he needs, certainly,
Eats swell,
Owns a lotta houses,
Goes vacationin',
Breaks strikes,
Runs politics, bribes police,
Pays off congress,
And struts all over the earth--

But me, I ain't never had enough to eat.
Me, I ain't never been warm in winter.
Me, I ain't never known security--
All my life, been livin' hand to mouth,
Hand to mouth.”
Langston Hughes, Good Morning, Revolution: Uncollected Social Protest Writings

Langston Hughes
“Hey you rising workers everywhere greetings”
Langston Hughes, Good Morning, Revolution: Uncollected Social Protest Writings

Langston Hughes
“We represent the end of race. And the Fascists know that when there is no more race, there will be no more capitalism, and no more war, and no more money for the munition makers, because the workers of the world will have triumphed.”
Langston Hughes, Good Morning, Revolution: Uncollected Social Protest Writings

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