The three fates

“So in a declining state of society we have the increasing misery of the worker; in an advancing state, complicated misery; and in the terminal state, static misery.”

Marx, Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts, in Early Writings, p. 286.



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2 Responses to The three fates

  1. Robert says:

    So which one are we in, increasing, or static?

  2. savonarola77 says:

    I would hazard increasing (or increasingly complicated), as a couple of pages later (288 in the Penguin edition), Marx states that a “society at the peak of its prosperity” is “static misery for the worker”. I guess static misery might also be a good description for the stagnant incomes that continued beneath the shadow of prosperity’s peaks in the 90s.

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