How the need to work makes a general mess of things

An economic system that forces people to sell their labor in order to survive is not sustainable. Here's why.

Technology & Innovation

It has been suggested by H. W. van Loon that one of the primary reasons for the inferiority of Greek and Roman inventions compared to those developed from the late 18th century up to the present day is due to the surplus of slaves during these earlier times (The Story of Mankind, p. 425). As slaves could be forced to work, this surplus meant that there existed no incentive to create labour saving devices. Although 2000 years have passed, this situation appears to be repeating itself.

Keep reading Show less