Shaw, in his essay on freedom, looks at how governments and employers enslave those under them for their own benefit. Shaw examines how we have certain things we need, such as food, clothing, shelter, and sleep, but he wonders why we work eight to fourteen-hour days in order to achieve this. He states that in nature it is not so; animals such as bees enjoy the direct fruits of their labor, unless man intervenes. He wonders why man cannot enjoy the benefits of his own work. He also criticizes government, in that government encourages this hard work. He states that our "freedom" is really "slavery," while people are not chattel slaves, they are not free to decide what to do with what little of their day they have left after they take care of necessities such as eating and sleeping. He calls wage slavery and a ballot where all the candidates are essentially the same as flawed. This gained him praise from others on the Left, but the status quo looked at him as a troublemaker.