Saturday, 6 May 2017

Quotes 2017 #126

"It is a presupposition of the 'wage form' that workers are treated exclusively as individual persons, so that their labor-power can be bought and sold as a thing of greater or lesser value, so that they can be 'disciplined' and 'made responsible'. But the collective is an ever-renewing precondition of production itself. IN REALITY, THERE ARE ALWAYS TWO OVERLAPPING COLLECTIVES of workers, made up of the SAME individuals (or almost) and yet incompatible: a capitalist-collective and a proletariat-collective."

Etienne Balibar, The Philosophy of Marx (Chris Turner trans.)