re. labour aristocracy

Louis N Proyect lnp3 at
Fri Jun 21 09:26:08 MDT 1996

On Fri, 21 Jun 1996, Adam Rose wrote:

> So, a short answer to your question : under socialism, it will be quite
> environmentally sustainable for the vast majority of people in India, China
> and the US to sustain a level of consumption far in excess of the current
> consumption of the average US worker today.

Louis: Although I am saving up all my energy for the "state capitalism"
debate, this paragraph cries out for commentary. It is simply not possible
for the planet to sustain the "current consumption" of the average US
worker today and survive. If you factor in automobiles and private
housing, this is just not possible. The problem with automobiles, for
example, is not the polluting byproducts. It is rather the impact it has
on the environment in general that makes it so dangerous. The suburban
culture that automobiles, superhighways and tract housing affords are
undermining US capitalism's ability to reproduce itself. There can not be
a socialist workaround on this either.

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