This has been obvious for twenty years now at least.
Domenic Thomas
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There are a number of different kinds of labor; physical labor, intellectual labor, emotional labor, and social labor. To the degree that any one or more of these are to be considered “valuable” in capitalist society is determined by the ability of the capitalist to generate a profit from the application of that type of labor. Emotional labor and social labor are difficult for capitalists to commodify because there application doesn’t readily produce profits, instead they are kinds of labor that are freely given without immediate expectation of return to partners, parents, children, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. Because of this these types of labor are undervalued and even marginalized by society.

Instituting a UBI and removing the conditioned access to necessary resources required for the mass of people to reproduce their existence (housing, food and water, healthcare, and education) upon renting one’s labor to an employer would raise the perception and social value of these types of labor, and something we should endeavor to do not because machines are taking all the jobs, but because the need for employment itself devalues real-life flesh and blood human beings and marginalizes these vitally necessary types of labor to the outskirts of society.

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