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Fruits of labor exist because of labor | Moment's Notice


Last updated 9/15/2021 at 11:26am

“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.”

– Abraham Lincoln

We just “celebrated” Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 6. Of course, the most visible celebrations are end-of-summer sales or long weekends away before school starts – a few parades with not so many laborers.

Labor Day officially became a holiday at the end of the 1800s, not a time in history that was good for American labor. Slave labor had just become mostly illegal in the U.S. and the reverberations were being felt acr...

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