ap888 at SPAMlafn.org
Sun Aug 1 09:55:52 MDT 1999
For those living in Los Angeles a great deal of it is true. Even the LA Times
did a story on the disappearance of middle class, decent paying jobs in the
midst of its "recovery." Many businesses have gone south of the border. South
Central LA has been abandoned by industry. Unemployment is down but the new
jobs are service sector no advancement ytpe jobs paying under $20,000 per year,
in many cases, way under. The numbers of poeple who work here without ANY form
of health care insurance are growing because employers are providing it less
and less. The average rent is over $900 per month. Fewer people can buy a
house. LA is becoming a third world city.
Jose G. Perez wrote:
> >>The global economy is impacting deeply on the U.S. working class and
> people. The export of capital to low wage areas has served to
> deindustrialize the U.S. economy. In addition, there is a continuing process
> of monopoly mergers resulting in hundreds of thousands of layoffs. Basic
> industry factory closings have resulted in the loss of high-paying union
> wage jobs. The greatest job growth in the U.S. is in the low wage, unskilled
> service industries. The working class has been largely denuded of its
> skills. There is massive unemployment and underemployment at the same time
> the weekly hours of work rise. There are 21 million unemployed part-time and
> temporary workers. Forty three million people have no medical care
> protection of any kind. There are five million homeless people. Thirty seven
> million people are illiterate. One out of every five children goes to bed
> hungry. Eighty percent of African American teenagers are unemployed. The
> government closes its eyes to the easy flow of narcotics into the country.
> Drugs serve to pacify large numbers of people and remove them from the
> struggle. <<
> This excerpt from a CPUSA statement is precisely the kind of
> catastrophic economic phrasemongering that I think Marxists should avoid.
> Is there anyone actually LIVING in the United States for whom this
> description of the U.S. economy rings true? The country has been
> "deindustrialized"! Really? I'd suggest that the CP comrades --there MUST be
> someone left in the ranks who can do arithmetic-- GET the ACTUAL FIGURES
> from the national accounts and try to show us the following statements are
> not true:
> U.S. industrial production is at an all time high.
> U.S. industrial production per capita is at an all-time high.
> U.S. industrial production per industrial worker is at an all-time high.
> There is, we are advised, a continuing process of monopoly mergers resulting
> in hundreds of thousands of layoffs. It is clear the Communist Party has
> finally understood some of the basic features of imperialist capitalism that
> Engels and many other Marxists already discerned at the end of the last
> Would that they be so observant about what capitalism is like at the end of
> THIS century! If they were, they would have noted that, in addition to
> hundreds of thousands of layoffs, U.S. capitalism has been producing a net
> gain in employment of around 2 million a year since the end of the last
> official recession.
> But isn't it true that millions are this and 80 percent are that, just as
> the CPUSA says? Yes, it is true. But the overall picture the statement tries
> to give -- that of an economy in the throes of a big crisis -- is utterly
> false. Working people can tell the difference, you don't need a Ph.D. to
> that the economy hasn't been this healthy in decades.
> That, IMHO, makes the persistence of intractable poverty among millions, the
> lack of health care, etc.., all the more damning. There's no need, and it's
> totally disorienting, to live in a fantasy land where capitalism is always
> in crisis and the struggle is always between the classes and is always at a
> decisive stage. THIS economy is NOT in crisis, the class struggle has become
> so muted it is barely discernible, and, the decisive battles that will
> shape the entire future of the human race are NOT just over the hill.
author, Los Angeles, CA
Beyond Ramps: Disability at the End of the Social Contract
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