Monthly Archives: October 2012

Justifying and distinguishing between censure and censorship

A phrase I’ve been using a lot lately in response to accusations of censorship is “censure, not censorship”. It was going to be the title of this post, actually – until somebody saw it in a different context and offered some defense of censorship. I’m not sure that I can continue to use this phrase without first establishing the correct context now, or whether I ought to use it at all, since censorship can arguably be justified and may differ from censure in degree rather than in kind.
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Labor as a source of value, and its problems.

Bertrand Russell’s “In Praise of Idleness” argues that modern societies ought to rely less on the labor of the individuals which compose them. Put simply, specialization of roles in which humans work and the assistance of industrial processes have reduced the human labor required for a given level of productivity. This amplifies certain problems with labor as a source of value in such societies.
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