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Alienation

Marx and Alienation

'Marx and Alienation'
Speaker: Pieter Lawrence
Venue: Prince Albert, Islington

Recorded: 
Thursday, 12 March 1981

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Anger

The TV licence man came today. I nearly fell down with fright. He looked grim. He could see the borrowed set on the floor behind me, no use denying it. With a two month old baby it's the only thing that has kept us sane. Now it will have to go. We can't afford the fee.

It rains a lot in the north country. Mum used to say it was the angels weeping. Eighteen miserable quid to keep your sanity. I could weep. Of course there's no work. All the mills have shut. Around here you're more or less expected to be on the dole. Around here we're all scroungers. It's a laugh really. I've told so many lies to the Supplementary Benefit office I practically have to keep records. You can't afford the truth. You'd starve. Of course I live with my wife and two kids. If they found out they'd flatten us. They don't even want us to have that. It's the system.

Running Commentary

Take cover

Hiroshima and Nagasaki disappeared into the atomic dust just over thirty five years ago so it is clearly time for the government to give some serious thought to protecting the population in the event of a nuclear attack.

One way of doing this would be to build enough shelters for everyone to be able to take cover but that would cost between £60 and £80 billion. While a government will readily spend that sort of money on weapons they are not likely to be so free when it comes to protection from the weapons' effects. Rich people, of course, can always afford to build their own shelters; the rest of must do the best we can with the blanket of official propaganda and advice, which is about all the government are prepared to offer.

Alienated Worker

All workers are forced to offer their labour for sale. If successful, they immediately forfeit all control over how, when and where it will be utilised. It is this loss of control which produces alienation between the worker and his labour. In my own circumstances this tends to occur frequently but varies in intensity.

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