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Thu Nov 6, 2014, 01:54 PM

What is class?

Danny Katch explains what Marxists mean when we talk about social class--and why our tradition looks to the working class majority to change society.
November 6, 2014

LAST YEAR, workers for the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system went on strike, disrupting the daily commute for employees of some of San Francisco companies like Google and Twitter.

Tech executives who normally promote themselves as rebellious "disruptors" of old economic models were furious that they themselves had been disrupted by what they considered the most outdated economic model of them all--a labor union.

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Like all job actions, but perhaps even more so coming in the heart of the "new economy," the BART strike punctured that fantasy by reminding our Captains of Digital Industry that the working class continues to exist--and worse still, it does so not as an unfortunate object of pity, but as a potentially dangerous force with its own unique form of power.

Until the Occupy Wall Street movement and its talk about the 1 Percent, class was practically a nonexistent topic of public conversation. Even today, almost every time the word is uttered on major media channels, it comes after "middle." Everyone in the United States is supposedly middle class, whether we make $25,000 a year or $250,000. It's unpatriotic to let ourselves be divided by one extra zero.

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IN THE Marxist view, capitalism has three main classes: capitalists who own the means of production, workers who sell their labor power to those owners, and a middle class of managers, professionals, small business owners and others, whose function combines aspects of both bosses and workers, in differing proportions depending on the occupation ...

Much more here: http://socialistworker.org/2014/11/06/what-class-and-isnt

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Thu Nov 6, 2014, 01:58 PM

1. It's defined by our relationship to the means of production.

 

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Thu Nov 6, 2014, 04:13 PM

2. Any 'tech executive' who is tied to a geographic location to work is a dinosaur.

The only people you should need to have to go in to the 'office' are the techs who tend the server farms and the local network. Everybody else in a tech firm should be able to 'work from home' and use remote access and remote meeting software as needed. What is this, the 19th century?

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