Alienation, estrangement, disconnection. We feel alienated from many things in our lives. In certain ways our entire lives are struggles to overcome alienation, to make meaning and meaningful connection in our lives. Why are we so alienated? Alienation disconnects us from controlling the fruits of our labor, having control of our own lives. It turns men into animals and separates people from one another, turning friends into enemies.
In this episode, we take a close look at one of Marx’s earliest writings: Estranged Labor.