[Marxism] The absence of real forces [was: The low point]

Sayan Bhattacharyya ok.president+marxmail at gmail.com
Fri Aug 3 15:59:56 MDT 2007

On 8/3/07, Mark Lause <MLause at cinci.rr.com> wrote:

> Joaquin Bustelo--with whom my comments were not particularly taking
> issue--wrote, "That the median standard of living really hasn't risen? That
> the average size of homes hasn't increased? That the number of cars,
> telephones, TV sets, the amounts spent of entertainment, etc, etc, etc,
> haven't risen?"
> Real people don't live statistical averages.  The nature of the recent
> shifts in wealth make it quite clear that greater wealth at one end of the
> spectrum take place without changing anything at the other end.  They get
> more wealth on paper, which raises the average.  But the people who live
> hand-to-mouth are still living hand-to-mouth.  Sorry to point out the
> obvious but that's just how it is.....


What you are saying here is true for the "mean". Notice, however, that
Joaquin specifically mentioned "median" in connection with standard of
living. What you wrote does not hold true for the median.

(Both "mean" and "median" are measures of central tendency, but quite
different things.)

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