The fact is I can quit my job anytime I want, and the only outcome is, if I run out of money, I loose my house. But it is my choice and therefore I am free to make that choice if I want to. But if I want to keep my house then I must work to pay for it.
Another example might be "Hey, I should get 15 dollars an hour flipping hamburgers!" Not if it is not worth 15 dollars an hour because nobody is going to pay 15 dollars for a hamburger... "But the big fast food company has lots of money, they can afford to pay me 15 dollars an hour!" Not if it is not worth 15 dollars an hour and they can take the same money they were paying you and buy a robot that can do your job... The problem is there are jobs worth 15 or 150 or 1500 dollars an hour, if you want that much, work you way up to that level and don't let anything stand in your path. Others have done, why not you?
Don't see how that's any kind of freedom, except by definition. Just sounds like slavery to the axiomatic of capitalism to me.
How is it decided what quantity of your work pays for a given commodity such as a house?
Edit: I reread Steampunk's full post and he already put the answer right there, its the encounter between capital (the hypothetical fast-food company that can afford to hire a robot to do your job if your wages get too high) and "free" workers that determines how many hours of work it takes you to pay for a house.
Of course, as Steampunk notes, you're also "free" to "work your way up" to a higher-paying job - by teaching yourself how to better serve the interests of the reproduction of capital (become a manager so you can be the one threatening to fire workers and replace them with robots; become a teacher so you can help obfuscate reality behind ideology; become a small businessman, with your own little pool of capital that will desert you if you do not play by its rules)... in short, you're free to either remain a "free worker", the bitch of capital, or to increase your "human capital", still remaining the bitch of capital but with a higher purchasing power which you can use to purchase goods that have been produced solely because capital finds them convenient as a means to reproduce itself.
Would you tell a poor sex worker, being prostituted and controlled by a vicious gang, that she is free to walk out the door at any time, she just has to deal with the consequences? How about women trapped in abusive marriages in small isolated communities, are they free to leave? How about gay men who are horrifically murdered in certain parts of this great country? Are they free to stay closeted, or get up and move away from everything they know? And the severely disabled, with no employability? They're free to live on tiny welfare checks, I guess. The ones with chronic illnesses whose medical costs are simply unpayable are free to die? Folks whose local air has become a toxic smog due to a nearby chemical plant - they're free to either get up and move away from the place they call home, or else stay and watch the local cancer rates skyrocket?
Edited by Cybilopsin, 29 December 2015 - 04:18 AM.