[Marxism] Working poor face hunger, healthcare crisis

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Sun Apr 25 23:08:22 MDT 2004


>"This is a have-to case for us. It's humiliating,"
said Ware, 49, who makes $7.50 an hour working the
afternoon shift at a nursing home. This recent visit
was one of two food pantry stops she and her
unemployed husband, Rocky, make every month.

"We shouldn't have to do this," she said.

Theresa and Rocky Ware toil in the ranks of the
working poor, a growing category of millions of
Americans who play by the rules of the working world
and still can't make ends meet.<

Full:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-0404250538apr25,1,4720587.story?col
l=chi-news-hed


Comment

Here is the "new class" or communist class and millions make less than $7.50 
an hour. Two working parents with say three children and private 
transportation to work, are unable to feed themselves without help in America. There are of 
course part time workers and other categories like . . . say . . . an 
untenured professor . . . or part time (on again/off again) soft ware programmer. 

Consider that the proletariat in our country is female, often single with 
children. 

The communist class is not a lumpen proletariat. The Urban youth in Iraq, in 
rebellion against the US military, most 20 years old and younger are not the 
lumpen proletariat. Nor are they peasant youth and are basically one or more 
generations removed from being peasants. Nor is the logic and line of trajectory 
of this growing rebellion simply against imperialism, but must travel the 
path of a fight against all forms of property - bourgeois production. In this 
sense one cannot apply the concept of "national liberation" as if we were in the 
pre-WW1 era. 

Actually the old "national question" was a question of the peasant first anf 
foremost and the formation of the market on the basis of the bourgeois 
property relations. Lenin reformulated the question as a question of colonies if 
imperialism and this new social feature was dubbed the "national-colonial" 
question. 

Many of us called the struggle of the Vietnamese a "National Liberation 
Movement" but for that sector of the Marxist movement I came from, this did not 
mean the "national question" of the pre-WW1 era. As I understand matters the war 
against the French and then US imperialism was a battle between socialism and 
bourgeois property. 

Something different is evolving and the bourgeoisie has hit the property 
barrier - not the old cyclical crisis of capital. 

The Palestinian youth in rebellion are not the lumpen proletariat. 

This is the communist class. 

The lumpen proletariat were declassed elements from all strata of society 
that took shape during the transition from landed property relations to 
industrial society. Trying to apply this concept from another historical epoch to a 
post industrial society, in my opinion violates elementary materialism and the 
dialectic of change. 

After a decade or two everything will be perfectly clear to everyone. 


Melvin P. 




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