Summary Of Sandel's Free Labor Vs Wage Labor

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Sandel’s “Free Labor versus Wage Labor,” presents a challenge to the notion of civic republicanism, class systems. Sandel asserts, “they [Jacksonians and Whigs] shared the long-standing republican conviction that economic dependence is essential to citizenship” (169). However, one may argue that with the prominence of industrial capitalism, that the cultivation of virtue is almost impossible. Sandel argues, “Wage labor is consistent with freedom, they would argue, not because it forms virtuous, independent citizens but simply because it is voluntary, the product of an agreement between employer and employee” (171). Thus, Sandel claims that as industrial capitalism became more apparent in the American economy, it was certain that wage labor

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