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Warren Bales Alienated Labor Prof. Everett February 28 th , 2011 1. Does Marx argue that work is inevitably alienating? Why does work within a capitalistic economy produce alienation? Marx’s view is that work is in itself fulfilling and a means by which to live if the worker is connected to his labor. When the craftsman creates a chair, he is fulfilled, and has produced something. When a factory worker puts a part on a car, he has only been a part of a bigger machine. This is why capitalistic economies create worker unrest. When an economy is based on squeezing the most efficiency and capital out of each and every worker, then there will inevitably be a disconnect between the worker and what he produces. 2. In what different respects does labor within capitalism alienate the worker? The capitalist economy is about efficiency. There will be management, organization, and structure that all dictate when and what the worker produces. This will lead to the worker not having any control over what he is laboring for. Just as the factory worker
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Unformatted text preview: is part of a machine, the labor of capitalism is about using workers as a means to an end. There is no equality in the means of production, the system is set up to have hierarchies and structure that are unquestioned. 3. Based on this analysis, under what conditions do you think Marx would argue that labor is not alienating? Labor would not be alienating if the worker was connected with what they produce. If the factory worker saw the car he produced, if he was encouraged in his belief that he was contributing to the greater good, then the labor may not be alienating. Even work within an industrial society, which is fueled by capitalism, can be fulfilling if it is properly structured and organized. The worker must know why he or she works, they must be a part of what they produce. The system must respect any and all workers, at all positions, as equal contributors to a greater whole....
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