The peasant knaves be too wealthy (…) they know no obedience, they regard no laws, they would have no gentlemen. (…) They will appoint us what rent we shall take for our grounds.

White Man’s work eat people.

There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.

Under no circumstances whatsoever should it be permitted to occur that a peasant, who has paid his taxes and other legally required obligations, should be left with nothing to do. The moral authority of the administrator, persuasion, encouragement and other measures should be adopted to make the native work.

Anyone who moves about without work or a job, without being able to prove that he has the means to support himself or is looking for an opportunity to do so, must be imprisoned for at least six weeks or made to do forced labour for up to six months. After the punishment is over, foreigners are to be expelled from the country and nationals to be taken to a corrections facility.

If you don’t work, you shouldn’t eat (…). Only those who work should eat.

Whereas, it has become evident through long experience that nothing has sufficed to bring the said chiefs and I* to a knowledge of our Faith (necessary for their salvation), since by nature they are inclined to idleness and vice, and have no manner of virtue or doctrine (by which Our Lord is disserved). (…) at the time the I* go to serve them [the Spaniards] they are indoctrinated in and taught the things of our Faith, after serving they return to their dwellings where, because of the distance and their own evil inclinations, they immediately forget what they have been taught and go back to their customary idleness and vice.

Turkish people’s supposed “work ethic” satisfied the economy’s demands: they were viewed as young, strong, unskilled, disciplined and passive, or, as it says in the correspondence between a local authority and the German Federal Employment Agency, ‘the Turk (…) if he is handled correctly, can be integrated and exploited.’

Always spinning sheets of silk/We shall never be better dressed/But always naked and poor/And always suffering hunger and thirst.

Surplus from Africa was partly used to offer a few more benefits to European workers and served as a bribe to make the latter less revolutionary. The bribe came in the form of increased wages, better working conditions, and expanded social services. The benefits of colonialism were diffused throughout European society in many ways. (…) Meanwhile, the capitalist still made his fortune by ensuring that the Ivory Coast or Colombian grower got no
price increases.

The greatest difficulty with our boys is to overcome their innate aversion to work. You have to know that they are the children of born beggars.

The [witch] is gone now (…) [but] her fears, and the forces she struggles against in her lifetime, live on. We can open our newspapers, and read the same charges against the idle poor (…). The expropriators move into the Third World, destroying cultures (…) plundering the resources of land and people (…) If we turn on the radio, we can hear the crackle of flames (…) But the struggle also lives on.

Spaniards should not only help alleviate the general shortage of people; they should above all relieve the many women on whom the Post [German Federal Mail] has had to rely for months. Of the 1700 core Post Office staff, more than half – exactly 900 – are female. Chief Post Office Director Kröpf: ‘Our work is often very hard and we shouldn’t let this harm women. This is where the Spaniards are to step in – primarily in the loading service at the train station.’

Work never killed anybody, but through idleness people loose life and limb, because man was born to work like a bird was born to fly.

For sale, a prime lot of Gypsy slaves, to be sold by auction at the Monastery of St. Elias, 8 May 1852, consisting of 18 men, 10 boys, 7 women and 3 girls: in fine condition.

The Devel was in the English-man, that he makes every thing work; he makes the Negro work, the Horse work, the Ass work, the Wood work, the Water work, and the Winde work.

Queen Mary, ah where you gon’ go burn? Queen Mary, ah where you gon’ go burn? Don’ ask me nothin’ t’all. Just geh me de match an oil. Bassin Jailhouse, ah deh de money dey.

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