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In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2012 16:27:34 BDT
I say if we have to abide by a law put in place by someone other than ourselves, there is a class instantly (deciding class and abiding class)
Then we look at the royals - Would you say you are in the same class?
Diplomats next - immunity when in foriegn countries? Class

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2012 16:31:04 BDT
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Posted on 3 Jul 2012 16:33:01 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Jul 2012 16:37:55 BDT
Class aside though and back to my OP - I'll translate so class is not the matter in hand.

What if those who did the actual work in this country walked out. The people this country relies on to keep it going yet tends to take forgranted.

Also dude, I'm goin home now. Be back tomorrow!

Posted on 3 Jul 2012 19:18:48 BDT
In Marxist theory 'class' is defined in terms of how one gains a means of subsistence. It is therefore a economic category and has nothing to do with what people think of themselves as being. For Marx if you earn your means of subsistence by selling your labour power to someone who can exploit it to make profit then you are working class. If, on the other hand, you earn your means of subsistence by extracting the surplus value from the labour of others and calling it profit then you are a member of the capitalist class. These, for Marx, are the two central classes. The others---doctors, teachers and so on---are called 'middle class' because they do not fall into either category but are nonetheless necessary to the functioning of a civilised capitalist society.

What would happen if the working class stopped working? The government would send the police and the troops (what Marx called the state apparatus) in to force them to work. The press would vilify them as a mob and all appearence of democracy would disappear. Our society lives on exploitation it's not going to lie down and die without a fight.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2012 06:06:43 BDT
Molly Brown says:
Hope they're going to refund all the shops down here that have bought 68 degree warm storage units to avoid the tax that has been reversed, they don't look cheap to me.
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