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Because in the english language the phrase “Labor Creates all Wealth” doesn’t make obvious sense because it’s not clear what “Wealth” refers to. It could mean “labor creates all of rich people’s money” or it could mean “Labor creates the wealth of society”, but what is the wealth of society? It’s an indeterminate term. Saying that Labor builds society is more straightforward because that’s what we’re talking about, how workers have literally been the ones to build society and the ones that keep it going through their jobs.
first sale 5/30/09

From a sharpie pen drawing I did and colored it in Photoshop.


  • H Maria Perry
    H Maria Perryalmost 6 years ago

    Labor is the foundation upon which empires are built. What are you working for? Superb work!

  • Larry Butterworth
    Larry Butterworthalmost 6 years ago

    Thanks Helen for your support, I appreciate it

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosalmost 6 years ago

    This is really frightening.
    It remembers me the Nazies “Work makes you free”
    Extreme cynism and metafhorical use of the word labor… work…and free…
    disguise for tiranny and slavery
    You have capted very well the essence….the need to control humanity through the spirit of the ant-nest. I do not work in agriculture, making of buildings, roads, boats, factories….and yet earn my living…with my body-mind…am I not constructing society…and the poors, the disabled, the forgotten.. are not constructing society’
    We are more than labor….labor is not a mean… or an end… it is an expression of our welfare.. and health.. like combustio n of the cells… the enormous effort that the body is doing for keeping us alive. We all know that not moving is the beguining of death…the same as not eating or drinking…the soul is nourished in other ways…and yet…we are always laboring. Remember the motto.. “Ora et Labora”.
    I love your work..
    Have a hug dear Larry.

  • DApixara
    DApixaraalmost 6 years ago


  • Sam Dantone
    Sam Dantonealmost 6 years ago

    I am in solidarity with you my friend…

    As my grandfather told his son and my father his…

    … " A country that works… Works!

    Sam Dantone

  • Larry Butterworth
    Larry Butterworthalmost 6 years ago

    Thanks Sam,I appreciate it

  • Earthmonster
    Earthmonsterover 5 years ago

    I think I’ll sit the banner challenge out…I have seen the light :)

  • We all gotta see the light sometime, thanks for looking

    – Larry Butterworth

  • Matt Penfold
    Matt Penfoldover 5 years ago

    Great work Larry, Congrats on the banner challenge win :-)

  • Thank you for the congrats, I do appreciate it.

    – Larry Butterworth

  • Sam Dantone
    Sam Dantoneover 5 years ago

    Hey Larry,

    Congratulations on the banner challenge win!!

    It is the perfect message to head the group.

    Sam Dantone

  • Thanks Sam, I had forgotten I had entered that challenge, what a surprise. Congrats to you on the Front Page fame.

    – Larry Butterworth

  • Marion  Cullen
    Marion Cullenover 5 years ago

    Huge congrats on the callenge win…couldn’t have been better!

  • I appreciate your support, thanks very much.

    – Larry Butterworth

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