CharlesB at SPAMCNCL.ci.detroit.mi.us
Thu Aug 5 08:47:25 MDT 1999
>>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
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
Charles: Come visit Detroit sometime and you will find a lot of proletarians who no
longer have industrial jobs. No longer does someone who drops out of high school have
a likely job in an auto plant or steel plant or tire plant, as in the 30's, 40's,
50's, or 60's. Sounds like you are not exactly in touch with the real folks, the
Compared to the past, there are many fewer industrial jobs in the U.S. the figures you
mention below are not inconsistent with this. Have you heard of the most recent
revolution in science and technology (chips, CAD/CAM, just in time delivery,
containerization, plastics, etc., etc.) which has substantially increased
productivity ? It takes fewer workers to produce more. Remember how Marx and Engels
taught that the bourgeoisie are constantly revolutionizing the instruments of
production ? That implies that in the long run producitivity is going up and up and up
and it takes fewer and fewer and fewer workers to produce the same amount of values,
Also, of course, shops were runaway out of the country. World cars are produced now.
Steel workers compete with foreign steel mills.
So, there has been a significant reduction in the number of industrial jobs in the
last 20 years. The technical term for it is not deindustrialization ,but restructuring.
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
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
Charles: Finally ?! Ever hear of Lenin ? _Imperialism : The Highest Stage of
Capitalism_, state-MONOPOLY capitalism ? I know you don't think the CPUSA or other
CP's just discovered the basic features of "imperialist capitalism "(sic). Where have
you been ?
You are confusing reiteration , repetition of basic principles, with first discovery.
Quite a mixup.
Of course, this article is targetted for people who are not familiar with basic
Marxism-Leninism. You see, the CP has an idea of reaching somebody other those who are
already great Marxist-Leninists, the masses of "unwashed" so to speak.
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
Charles: But not of industrial jobs, or jobs that pay as much as the ones that were
lost. Ever hear of McJobs ? The CPUSA has economists too. The Economics Commission has
been analyzing the jobs data in detail and in the big picture all along and certainly
in the 1980's when the shift from industrial jobs to service jobs took place. The U.S.
Government studies, showed a shift from industrial unionized jobs to service jobs. The
UAW lost half of its members in the 1970's and 80's.
There are all kinds of holes in the new jobs. Lower wages, more parttime or temporary
work , fewer benefits. You know: McDonald's jobs, Mcjobs. Not industrial jobs. There
for some deindustrialization. That's the impact on the working class, the perspective
Marxist-Leninists are interested in.
Now from the standpoint of the bosses, the view you take here, the economy has been
doing great since Reagan busted the PATCO union and the ruling class assault on the
working class began. No crisis there, but opportunity of historic proportions.
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
Charles: Depends on what class you are in ? If you are close to the working class, you
notice a lot of poverty and crisis, job loss, crime , alchoholism, homelessness, anger
and frustration at one's economic circumstance, in other words, widespread crisis.
Now if one is tuned into the ruling class, it is happy days are here again, No crisis
So, what side are you on ?
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.
Charles: But not a crisis ?
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.
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