Wednesday, November 30, 2011

He who does not work shall not eat

Lenin via State and Revolution as recorded in Wikipedia,
The socialist principle, "He who does not work shall not eat", is already realized; the other socialist principle, "An equal amount of products for an equal amount of labor", is also already realized. But this is not yet communism, and it does not yet abolish "bourgeois law", which gives unequal individuals, in return for unequal (really unequal) amounts of labor, equal amounts of products.

This is a “defect”, says Marx, but it is unavoidable in the first phase of communism; for if we are not to indulge in utopianism, we must not think that having overthrown capitalism people will at once learn to work for society without any rules of law. (Chapter 5, Section 3, “The First Phase of Communist Society”)
Codified in the 1936 Soviet "Stalin" Constitution as article 12,
In the USSR work is a duty and a matter of honor for every able-bodied citizen, in accordance with the principle: “He who does not work, neither shall he eat.”
They didn't mean lazy here either by folks who don't work; as Wikipedia writes,
...the bourgeoisie as the group of those who buy the labor-power of workers and engage it in the process of production, deriving profits from the surplus value thus expropriated.
Clerics don't fare well when The Party values their labour either.  Something to ponder when you next to those Worker World guys at Occupy.

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