"A Monkey Spends Only 10 Percent Of Its Time Working..." T-Shirt

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Gombe chimpanzees devoted about 10 percent of their time spent on feeding to the pursuit and consumption of game. (Marvin Harris - Our Kind, pg 37)

In a !Kung band studied, adults hunted or gathered only during three days a week on average, and the children didn't work at all. (Jane Jacobs - Systems of Survival, pg 77)

A study by the International Metalworkers Federation in Geneva forecasts that within 30 years as little as 2 percent of the world's current labor force will be needed to produce all the goods necessary for total demand. (Jeremy Rifkin - The End of Work, pg 8)

Work kills more people than war: the UN's International Labor Organization estimates that approximately two million workers lose their lives annually due to occupational injuries and illnesses, with accidents causing at least 350,000 deaths a year. The death toll at work, much of which is attributable to unsafe working practices, is the equivalent of 5,000 workers dying each day, 3 persons every minute. This is more than double the figure of death from warfare (650,000 per year.) According the ILO, work kills more people than alcohol and drugs together. Each year 6750 US workers die because of injuries at work, while 60,225 meet their maker due to occupational diseases. (Russ Kick - 50 Things You're Not Supposed to Know, pg 90)

If the primary cause of the breakdowns of civilizations had been a failure to get rid of war, a secondary cause had been a failure to get rid of class conflict by changes in the pressure and product of work and in the enjoyment and use of leisure. (Arnold J. Toynbee - A Study Of History, Vol 2, pg. 365))

When the government of old Egypt fell, 4% of the people owned all the wealth. When the Babylonian civilization collapsed, 3% of the people owned all the wealth. When old Persia went down to ruin, 0.5% of the people owned all the wealth. When the Roman empire fell by the wayside, 2000 people owned all the wealth. (R. E. Search - Lincoln Money Martyred)

In the end, all systems enslave, whether they be orders of government, religion, or society... the difference between the monkey in the zoo and the man on the street is that the monkey cannot be contained without physical restraint, while man can be caged and shackled and exist in captivity in a prison without walls and still believe to be free. (Gerry Spence - Seven Simple Steps to Personal Freedom, pgs 17, 20)

In his or her lifetime the average American works 24,000 hours earning the money to pay taxes. (Leland H. Gregory - Great Government Goofs, pg 239)

What really distinguished the chattel slave from a freedman in the 19th century was not the work that he did. He did the same kind of work that he would have done if he had been free. So what was the difference? The chattel slave couldn't quit the job. Can you afford to quit yours? (Charley Reese - Americans Are Slaves To Debt, Conservative Chronicle 1999 Nov 3)

Slaves throughout history are often hard to recognize. In some cases, such as the Medieval Serfs, they were held slaves to the rulers by religious belief, and did not see themselves as slaves even though they were treated as such.The favored slaves of Asian potentates wore jewels to make a movie star gasp, yet were still slaves for all their finery. So, what is a slave? What makes them different from free people? Free people can say "no". Free people can refuse demands for their money, time, and children. Slaves cannot. There is no freedom without the freedom to say "no". If someone demands that you do something and you can say "no" and refuse to do it, then you are a free human being. When you are forced to surrender half your life's work to the government in ever-increasing taxes, then you are a slave. For Roman slaves, the ratio of work-for-self versus work-for-rulers was about 50-50. The same ratio applied to Medieval Serfs, and even to the slaves of the American south. And, when you add up all the overt taxes, covert fees, tariffs, excises, plus the increased price you pay for products to pay the taxes of the companies that make those products, you will find that Americans are at that same half-for-self” versus half-for-rulers” ratio! Can you say "no" to the confiscation of half of your life? Can you even get the masters to maybe reduce the burden by a significant amount? No? Congratulations. You are a slave. (Michael Rivero - 2004 - Year of the Slave)

Poverty is a thing created by what we call civilized life. It exists not in natural state. (The Thomas Paine Reader, pg. 475)

To see the main source of this artificially created poverty / slavery, see the chapter on fiat money

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