To Explain The Engels Pause – It Didn’t Happen In The First Place

It’s a standard assumption that living standards declined at the birth of capitalism. This underpins much of the phantasms concerning the desirability of peasant life, the wondrousness of those medieval days with their 70 days holiday (a Holy Day is not a holiday. Animal owning peasants who take 70 days off a year rapidly become non-animal owning peasants) and so on.

The Engels Pause itself is the observation that real wages, thus living standards, didn’t rise – perhaps even fell – between about 1750 and 1840.…

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