Thursday, February 28, 2013

Paolo Virno, On Virtuosity, 2004

When hired labor involves the desire for action, for a relational capacity, for the presence of others -- all things that the preceding generation was trying out within the local party headquarters -- we can say that some distinguishing traits of the human animal, above all the possession of a language, are subsumed within capitalist production. ... Nobody is as poor as those who see their own relation to the presence of others, that is to say, their own communicative faculty, their own possession of a language, reduced to wage labor.

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