Happy Labor Day!


“Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital.  Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed.  Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.”

Abraham Lincoln

“It is essential that there should be organization of labor. This is an era of organization. Capital organizes and therefore labor must organize.”

Theodore Roosevelt

“The end of labor is to gain leisure.”

Aristotle

And here’s the opening credits to Season 2 of The Wire.

But when we get done lamenting the demise of America’s industrial base, it reminds me of another Tom Waits song, “Get Behind the Mule.”

Time to get behind the mule in the morning and plow.

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