Thursday, November 16, 2006

Class Struggle

OneGoodMove linked to this article. Let the fires of the impending workers' revolution burn a few degrees hotter!

OpinionJournal - Class Struggle by Jim Webb, Virginian senator-elect.

I hope this guy makes a difference in D.C.

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At 12:17 AM, Anonymous Jacob said...

It's interesting that you posted this, because it was just a few weeks ago that we were talking about the death of worker activism in my history class. Essentially, workers stopped exercising their rights to unionize circa 1920. Why? The same reason that big city "flappers" stopped advancing, and the reason that GM was able to turn a profit every year during the great depression (the only corporation to pull that off): mass consumerism, the illusion of mobility, and market segmentation.

At 11:06 AM, Blogger Marie said...

My West Valley College philosophy prof said that Marx never predicted the credit card. If you think about it, it makes a lot of sense; with credit lower- and middle-class people can maintain a somewhat better lifestyle. If you appease the people with loans to buy cars and TVs, you keep them pacified for a while.

Of course, then the whole credit debt thing starts....

But with the availibility of credit cards people have started identifying with the class above them, which makes them fool themselves into thinking that their status is better and they conveniently forget that they're being exploited. (Why else would their be so many middle-class Republicans? :)

If people didn't have the means to afford luxuries, they'd get angry as the dichotomy between the "Haves" and "Have-Nots" would be much more stark.


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