Freeing the Mind, Body, and Spirit
Freeing the mind during the 18th century produced the technology of the Industrial Revolution. Increased productivity then freed the body of primitive needs but it was the cooperative work culture that freed the spirit to add substantial wealth. This was demonstrated early in the 19th century by Robert Owen in his spinning mill near Glasgow and examined in mid-century by John Stuart Mill:
The other mode in which cooperation tends to increase the productiveness of labor, consists in the vast stimulus given to productive energies, by placing the laborers in a relation to their work to make it their principle interest—at present it is not—to do the utmost, in exchange for their remuneration. It is scarcely possible to rate too highly this material benefit, which yet is nothing compared to the moral revolution in society that would accompany it; a new sense of security and independence; and the conversion of human’s daily occupation into a school of the social sympathies and the practical intelligence.1
Marx and Mill wrote about this work place culture in mid 19th century that encouraged all workers to rach their potential. This is the capitalism that is yet to be found by most educators.
1 John Stuart Mill, Principles of Political Econom,with Some of Their Applications to Social Philosophy (Fairfield, New Jersey: Augustus M. Kelley,1987), p. 789.