I was reading some incoherent ramblings of Bernie Sanders in the link below and his socialist views when I ran across some Karl Marx ramblings.
Karl Marx insisted that no man is free who must devote himself to anything that he does not want to do.
If a man takes an axe to a tree for the shear enjoyment of the exercise, then the individual is exemplifying an act of freedom. But if that same individual is wielding the axe because if he fails to he will not have the wood to keep him warm by the fire, or the necessary logs with which to build a cabin for shelter, then, Marx insisted, this is an unfree act.
In other words, anything short of a life of playful enjoyment with all the material and related means to that enjoyment being effortlessly available, or handed to him, represents man as a slave.
What a bunch of nonsense. Only an educated idiot could come up with something that stupid.
Imagine an early settler who left England to stake a claim on a few hundred acres in America. He would be about as free as humanly possible. But he starves unless he starts working the land. He may not feel like plowing the field, but freedom comes with responsibility.
Robinson Crusoe lived all alone on his island, totally free. But he has nothing to eat unless he picks fruit from the trees with his hands or catches fish in the lagoon.
Man has had to work for his food ever since God chased him out of the Garden of Eden. Since then he has always had to apply his mental and physical potentials and capacities to survive and improve his lot.
It is by God’s design:
By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return. Genesis 3:19
Karl Marx couldn’t change God’s will. Neither will Bernie Sanders.