2 Articles by: Yueran Zhang

Yueran Zhang is a PhD student in sociology at UC-Berkeley.

Capitalism Is Not a “Free Labor” System

Apologists for capitalism like to point to its historically progressive aspects, like its supposed use of “free labor” rather than older forms of labor compulsion. But throughout its history, as the system has conquered new territories for capital accumulation, it has embraced and depended on the most coercive forms of “premodern” production relations.