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The road to happiness

Who guarantees that willingness to work shall suffice to obtain work, that uprightness, industry, thrift, and the rest of the virtues recommended by the bourgeoisie, are really his road to happiness? No one. He knows that he has something today and that it does not depend upon himself whether he shall have something tomorrow. He knows that every breeze that blows, every whim of his employer, every bad turn of trade may hurl him back into the fierce whirlpool from which he has temporarily saved himself […] He knows that, though he may have the means of living today, it is very uncertain whether he shall tomorrow.

 

Source Engels writes about the precarity of the position of many workers, in 1844.
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