Empty Days

Wednesday, June 23, 2004



On the problem of immigrant laborers - and labor in general.
40. The labor question.— The stupidity—at bottom, the degeneration of instinct, which is today the cause of all stupidities—is that there is a labor question at all. Certain things one does not question: that is the first imperative of instinct.— I simply cannot see what one proposes to do with the European worker now that one has made a question of him. He is far too well off not to ask for more and more, not to ask more immodestly. In the end, he has numbers on his side. The hope is gone forever that a modest and self-sufficient kind of man, a Chinese type, might here develop as a class: and there would have been reason in that, it would almost have been a necessity.

But what was done?— Everything to nip in the bud even the preconditions for this: the instincts by virtue of which the worker becomes possible as a class, possible in his own eyes, have been destroyed through and through with the most irresponsible thoughtlessness. The worker was qualified for military service, granted the right to organize and to vote: is it any wonder that the worker today experiences his own existence as distressing (morally speaking, as an injustice—)? But what is wanted? I ask once more. If one wants an end, one must also want the means: if one wants slaves, then one is a fool if one educates them to be masters. —
The reason I cannot work in a factory and a good host of other menial jobs is not because I am not physically fit or too wealthy to bother - in fact, I'd rather die than work "bellow my station". This is largely why the West continuously imports willing menial labor from abroad - (il)legal mexicans in the US, arabs/turks in Europe.

The curious effect is that children of these workers, once they go through the universal school-system, become equally incapable of working "bellow their station". And the West continues to import slave-labor from the Third-World while biting the dust over integration problems that previous generations of the said slave-labor have produced in the meantime. Thus an alienated foreign-born underclass is created, instead of the original industrial white-trash (of which Nietzsche is talking here - standing at its cradle, so to speak).

Today's racism is largely an outgrowth of prevailing economic realities. The culture of comforts we live in does not tolerate the ethics of poor-and-honest variety. Does it mean we actually have the "means" to undermine this ethic? The universalist dream wants it so regardless.





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