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Muscular economics

5 September 2015

9:00 AM

5 September 2015

9:00 AM

From ‘War bonuses’, The Spectator, 4 September 1915: War means a demand for human muscle… At the moment the brain-worker is at a discount. The demand for lawyers, for writers, for musicians, for painters has declined. The only brain-workers who are much wanted are the comparatively small number of people necessary to direct industrial and war operations. Therefore it is inevitable that the wages of manual workers should rise, and it is useless to oppose that upward movement even when it is based on excuses which will not bear examination.

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