[Marxism] The State of Racism

Jon Baranov jonburp at yahoo.com
Sun Aug 12 15:17:30 MDT 2007


You've just begun to answer your own question, no? Racism makes sense when there is a sizable body of workers to "divide and rule". Plus racism provides a dependable source of cheap labor, and it may "make sense" to draw on only the most desperate workers. Michael Reich wrote a book precisely about how racism is profitable at the micro and the macro level.

Sayan Bhattacharyya <ok.president+marxmail at gmail.com> wrote:

The _individual_ factory owner is better off hiring and paying any
skilled labor they can find, be it black, white, male or female, as
long as the job will get done well.
.......

For big firms, obviously there may be an incentive: their work forces
are large, and maintaining racism helps keep their own work forces
divided. But do smaller firms have this incentive?

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