In his book "Class Counts", Erik Wright (1997) offers the following illustration about how two classes might have totally incompatible interests. In the 1940s comic Li’l Abner, there are only two classes, workers and capitalists. The capitalists are looking for a community where labor is cheap and settle on the town of Dogpatch, which, it just so happens, has become overrun by a benevolent creature called a "shmoo." Shmoos have the ability to change themselves into anything necessary for human existence but not into luxury items. Even better, since the shmoos can multiply themselves an infinite number of times and desire only to serve humans, "in effect, the shmoo restores humanity to the Garden of Eden.” Allow me to depart from the original comic story to translate Wright’s illustration of class interests in capitalist society to render the mechanisms behind the emerging cannabis industry more visible. The story of capitalists looking for the right place to expand their businesses and extract cheap labor resembles the story of the DGH investment into cannabis industry in Czech Republic. While the Li’l Abner’s capitalists settled in the …show more content…
However, only the wealthy received a license to proliferate and keep it. For workers cannabis remained strictly prohibited. They had to buy its products from capitalists with money they made by selling them their labor. Prague was the perfect place for the DGH to open the ICCI. Despite the centuries long experiences workers were told homegrown cannabis could be dangerous for them. Restrictive measures were applied in the name of health and technology. So capitalists exploited workers who create the wealth for the ruling class not just of another freedoms but also of access to yet another resources. Many workers did not conform and invited the creature into their homes to harvest benefits it provided. Such is the practice of
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Prior to reading these two articles, I had never heard of Dorothy Allison. After reading them, I do not think I will forget her. “A Question of Class” and “Don’t Tell Me You Don’t Know” grabbed my attention, but I could relate to “A Question of Class” more. Thankfully, I did not live in poverty the first eighteen years of my life like Dorothy Allison did. Also, I never experienced any kind of sexual abuse.
Class and Community by Alan Dawley is a book written about the impact that factories and industrialization had on little towns such as that of Lynn, Massachusetts. This book goes into strong detail about how the lives of factory shoemakers were forever changed when the industrial revolution came about. The industrial revolution was such a game changer for these shoemakers mainly due to the factory system it introduced and the hardships that came with that. This book was originally written to show how many hardships these shoemakers had to go through and the massive difference they made in the path of the industrial revolution so the little man was not overlooked.
As Upton Sinclair states, “How could they find out that their tea and coffee, their sugar and flour, had been doctored; that their canned peas had been colored with copper salts, and their fruit jams with aniline dyes?,” (Sinclair,63). It is clear that the working class were blinded to the abuses secretly done to them. The food they eat to live for another day of work was slowly poisoning their bodies with disease and malnourishment. It is evident that
One of the bigger issues surrounding this age was the awful factory working conditions. Nobody listened to what the workers had to say during that time. “The employer desires to reduce wages and lengthen the hours of labor, while the desire of employees is to obtain shorter hours of labor and better wages, and better surroundings.” (Document C) This selection of document C shows that the employers wanted their employees to get paid even
The life in the 19th-century for labor worker was from far easy. With all the wealth being generateing during the Gilded age very little of its wealth were given to the wokers. Even the best wages for a industrial worker were low, with long hours, working in awfully poor conditions. With safety rules and regulations being unexisted, it was hard to blame employers responsible. It was worse for women and children, who worked as hard or even harder than men, often time only revcieved only but a fraction of what a man earned.
While at Woodstock a “pharmacy district” developed where one could buy or sell many different types of drugs (Gerdes 20). Not only was there the consumption of marijuana, but also there also was many other drugs like alcohol, LSD, acid, and heroin (Crampton and Rees 212, 226; Gerdes 19; Johnson par. 1). There also was a fan who had heroin overdose that lead to death while at the festival (Crampton and Rees 226). In today's society all of theses drugs still have a major toll on the country.
They had horrible working hours and usually had to work six days a week or maybe even seven. In some cases, laborers had to work from 3am till 7pm. The Government took notice and addressed this issue in the International Labor Congress in which representatives demand a reduction on working hours (6). Another issue that was addressed was the fact that workers had no health insurance if they suffered from any injuries while doing their jobs. The representatives called for factories to treat the lives and limbs of their workers as sacred and help pay for the injuries (6).
In the beginning of the 19th century, the Industrial Revolution caused a massive economic spike from small-scale production to large factories and mass production. Capitalism became the prevalent mode of the economy, which put all means of production in the hands of the bourgeoisie, or the upper class. Karl Marx and Frederick Engels argue that capitalism centralizes all the wealth and power in the bourgeoisie, despite the proletariat, or the working class, being the overwhelming majority of the population. The manufacturers would exploit the common proletariat and force them to would work in abysmal conditions and receive low wages, furthering the working class poverty. “The Communist Manifesto” predicts that as a result of the mistreatment
During this time working conditions were less than tolerable and workers were treated unethically, especially compared to laws and procedures of today’s
These workers faced dangers everyday and received little pay. At the same time, many other people also had more money and leisure time. Henry George’s book, Progress and Poverty, talks about this divide. “ It was as though an immense wedge were being forced, not underneath society, but through society. Those who are above the point of separation are elevated, but those who are below are crushed down” (Document 3).
Industrialization also enhanced the capitalism which is focused on the issue of more profit and conflict between capital and workers. While owner of productions take more profit with less labor, workers take less profit even with much more labor force. Karl Marx is one of the thinkers who criticizes this situation of capitalism in terms of workers and capitals in industry, especially he focuses on the situation of