[Marxism] Treasurer on class analysis

Paul H. Dillon illonph at pacbell.net
Tue May 17 07:47:51 MDT 2005

Anyone who works is a member of the working class?  The only problem is 
defining what it means to work.  I especially like Marx's demonstration that 
theives are actually productive workers insofar as they generate the need 
for locks, prisons, police, etc. etc.  (in Theories of Surplus Value). 
This, by extension, would make the big thieves (corporations) in themselves, 
since they are juridically persons and also have the same effect, 
productive labor.  But that doesn't illuminate their relationship to the 
means of production, which was Marx's way of determining class, insofar as 
he did that.

Paul Dillon

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Nick Fredman" <srcsra at scu.edu.au>
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Sent: Monday, May 16, 2005 10:58 PM
Subject: [Marxism] Treasurer on class analysis

> Australian conservative Costello, looking for novel ways to sell a tax cut 
> that hugely favours the well-off over the poor, has been more correct in 
> his definition of working class than many academic sociologists. Though I 
> don't think anyone who's been on $200 000+/year for a while would still be 
> forced to sell their labour power to survive (rather than have some 
> capital they've accumulated). Also that people on such an income deserve a 
> much higher tax cut than those on below $50 000 doesn't really follow.
> Costello taxes the point: we're all working class
> By John Garnaut
> May 17, 2005
> The Treasurer, Peter Costello, who earns $200,200 a year plus benefits, 
> has welcomed himself into the swelling ranks of the working class.
> "Anybody who derives their income from labour is part of the working 
> class," Mr Costello said yesterday, as he touted the budget tax cuts for 
> high earners during a visit to the northern Brisbane suburb of Bracken 
> Ridge.
> Lest Kerry Packer, Alan Bond or Warren Buffett feel marginalised, Mr 
> Costello generously threw open the working-class gates to anyone who has 
> ever done an honest day's corporate raiding.
> "Anyone who works is a member of the working class, right, anyone who 
> works," the Treasurer said. "This idea that you only work if you are 
> engaged in manual labour - most Australians aren't engaged in manual 
> labour, but they work, they are workers and they deserve tax cuts."
> Selling his tax cuts for every worker, especially those earning upwards of 
> $125,000 year, was not difficult work. Neither was scoring points off what 
> Mr Costello called the "complete stunt" by the Labor leader, Kim Beazley, 
> in opposing the Government's tax cuts.
> http://www.smh.com.au/news/National/Costello-taxes-the-point-were-all-working-class/2005/05/16/1116095909038.html
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