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Posted by: Red Deathy ( Socialist Party, UK ) on April 28, 1999 at 15:36:37:

In Reply to: How would you deal with freeloading? posted by Gee on April 28, 1999 at 13:39:52:

: how will direct democratic stateless socialists deal with it?

First, we must distinguish work from employment- when I was on the dole I was not allowed to work, i.e. to do voluntary work, for more than a certain number of hours a week- it was actively prohibitted. they don't want us to *work* but to be *employed*, i.e. put to work for profit.

Now, in a society of free association this distinction ends, all work would be on a voluntary basis of free association, and doubtless communities would form around work. What a lot of deliberately unemployed (and I know more than a few) are doing, is avoiding shity low paid jobs and exploitation, most of them work in different ways, but they just don't want a boss.

When work is free and voluntary, people will do it, potherwise they can get very bored (when I was on the dole I found it mind numbing, the abject tedium and lack of structure in my life- and this was only a month or two.)

'Work or feel crap and bored.' thats the slogan.

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