Kurt Vonnegut once wrote, "Labor history in the US is treated like pornography."
While it may not literally be wrapped in plastic and hidden on the shelf, it's certainly not often discussed honestly. In contemporary discussions, for example, there is this unusual desire for people to pretend harsh working conditions had nothing to do with hierarchy and the capitalist system.
There has also been a bizarre desire to pretend the legal protection racket of capitalism is not significantly coercive, that it simply springs forth naturally like a flower in suitable soil.
So here are two related questions:
1. What's your take on labor history?
2. Would most people follow the rules behind banking, rent, property taxes and copyright protections if the legal system didn't coerce us into obedience?