[Marxism] query re housing and class

Patrick Bond pbond at mail.ngo.za
Tue Feb 14 09:11:40 MST 2012


On 2/14/2012 4:01 PM, Andrew Pollack wrote:
>   pressure to pay the mortgage as a way of
> disciplining workers?"

For South Africa there was plenty of evidence, which I cover here: 
http://ccs.ukzn.ac.za/files/Bond%20Cities%20Of%20Gold%20Townships%20Of%20Coal.pdf

The discipline extended from not only paying a monthly mortgage so thus 
disincentivizing strikes, but also generating a class project for 
aspirational sake.

The response twenty years ago (and often still today) was the famous 
'bond boycott' against repayment, in which collective defense against 
the bankers prevented a good many foreclosures.




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