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The Damaged Goods of Capitalism

The consequences of this repetitive character of the work and of the Trade Union methods resulting from it are seen in the temper of the workers employed […] the notable “apathy” of and lack of constructive aspirations among the rank and file workers in the textile industries. There is very little in the nature of their working conditions to rouse them to active participation in the affairs of their Union […] The textile workers bore the brunt of the Industrial Revolution, and at the present time they bear its marks and scars upon them more plainly than any other class. They are the “damaged goods” of capitalism […]. The road to control is a far harder road to tread for the workers in the cotton industry than for the groups of which we have hitherto spoken, and the very conditions under which the industry is conducted make the workers less capable and less desirous of setting foot upon it.

Source Quote from G.D.H. Cole's book on Capitalist speculation and workers' control in the textile industry, 1921.
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