[Marxism] Forwarded from Anthony in Colombia

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Jun 10 07:08:47 MDT 2004


Regarding the recent discussion on this list on the
'problem of the working class in the USA'.

The problem is simple: imperialist privelege embedded
from birth.

The working class of the United States was born with a
silver spoon in its mouth. 'free land' -stolen from
the native Americans - meant hgigh wages. 19th century
version of imerpalist privelege for US working class.

US imperialism has gone out of its way to maintain
those priveleges - even as it tries to destroy US
working class (yes, this is a complete contradiction,
so pelase go to 'dialectics 1a class if you don't get
it).

Detroit, as awful as it may be, is a bastion of
imperialist privelege and illusion. Automobile workers
in China make less than $5.00/day. In Mexico they make
less than $10.00/day.

That - and the consciousness it creates - is the
problem with the US worknig class. Everything else is
secondary, tertiary, or wrose.

All the best, Anthony


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