Marx grasped this essence of capitalist democracy splendidly when, in analyzing the experience of the Commune, he said that the oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class shall represent and repress them in parliament!
Think about that: there was a time (and not all that long ago) when artists were employed to make new art every week — art that addressed the deepest issues of life and death and spirituality. We have nothing like that today
Bach wrote an average of twenty pages of music per day, most of it performed once and then discarded.
you’ll probably need to create a life in which working on your art becomes a natural part of your everyday life.
Capitalism survives by forcing the majority, whom it exploits, to define their own interests as narrowly as possible. This was once achieved by extensive deprivation. Today in the developed countries it is being achieved by imposing a false standard of what is and what is not desirable.
Among the things I learned in those years were two of special interest to poets. First, that one can rise early in the morning and have time to write (or, even, to take a walk and then write) before the world's work schedule begins. Also, that one can live simply and honorably on just about enough money to keep a chicken alive. And do so cheerfully.
Even when we hate our jobs, sometimes we still lean on them as sources of identity and social worth.
One of Von Ahn’s early games asked users to identify objects in photos, and the data was then fed back into a database that was used for searching images, a technology later licensed by Google to improve its Image Search. Later, he founded Duolingo, a company that provides free language training exercises and makes money by inviting its users to practice their language skill translating documents for companies that have paid for this service.
The Industrial Revolution was ‘merely the beginning’ of an ‘extreme and radical’ revolution that utterly transformed society by commodifying humanity and nature.