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This quote from Leo Tolstoy suggests that earning and relying on money can impose a kind of indirect or impersonal form of servitude on people. While traditional slavery involved a direct master-slave relationship, modern economic relationships centered around money allow a more hidden form of dominance where people feel compelled to continue working primarily to earn money rather than having full autonomy over how they spend their time.
Tolstoy seems to be arguing that the need to earn money in order to survive within a monetary system can undermine one’s freedom and independence, since most people do not have alternative means to access resources and must dedicate much of their efforts to financially productive activities.
This creates a situation where individuals are indirectly “enslaved” by the need for currency to live and participate in society, even if there is no single human master directly overseeing them. The impersonal and indirect nature of this new form of servitude is what distinguishes it from traditional human bondage.
Birthday September 9, 1828