[Marxism] Forwarded from Anthony in Colombia
MLause at cinci.rr.com
Thu Jun 10 07:19:45 MDT 2004
Anthony's points are well-taken, but merit some important caveats.
Wages in America were higher than in Europe...for some, not all. It is
likely that the broader range of experience...wages, lifestyles,
etc....have had as much to do with forestalling the sense of a common
class identity than the blanket notion of privilege.
Nor is this simply a matter of race of gender. Certainly, white wage
workers competing against slavery in the antebellum South, earned less
than their European contemporaries and peers.
...And, while we're at it, imperial privileges also describe European
workers who have labor parties, trade unions that are stronger, better,
more numerous than ours, etc.
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