Monday, July 15, 2013

three reasons economic class does not fit in identity politics

In a capitalist society, class is a relationship to economic power, not a social identity. Here's why:

1. The goal for social identities is social equality. The goal for the working class is a fair distribution of wealth for everyone, regardless of social identity.

2. Most members of a social identity want to keep their identity. Few members of the working class want to keep working for capitalists.

3. In a capitalist society, anyone with capital is a capitalist; anyone without it is working class. You cannot change your race or gender, but you can change your economic class overnight if your luck is very good or very bad.

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