Stats on Amerikan working class conditions
dhenwood at panix.com
Wed Oct 4 12:04:01 MDT 1995
At 1:09 AM 10/4/95, Maoist Internationalist Movement wrote:
>MIM statistics update on the condition of the Amerikan working class
This spelling of America is childish. I know you won't stop it, but I must
register my ojbections. But I suppose it fits with the infantile politics.
>All figures from Leonard Beeghly, The Structure of Social Stratification in
>the United States (Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 1996)--an author who makes a
>point of disagreeing with our theses
>I. Occupational structure
These numbers are preposterous. About 80% of the US workforce is
"nonsupervisory." Surely any reasonable definition of "white collar"
involves management - i.e., supervision. People sloppily use "white collar"
as a synonym for office work, but people who do data entry are not white
collar by any reasonable social definition.
I won't quote the long bit on assets, to reduce the bitstream. The figures
are profoundly flawed because they include residential wealth, which is
largely meaningless. If you think an owner-occupied house is a capital
asset, you need to go back and read your Marx.
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