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  •  Those who sell their labor, (5+ / 0-)

    i.e., the proletariat, with very small exceptions (highly skilled -- lawyers, doctors, engineers, financial folks), are becoming impovrished.  

    In this unequal economy and society, and with the role of money strengthened in electoral politics by the supreme court Republicans), it is hard to envision deep change.  Nonetheless, it is possible.  So long as their are votes and people, it is possible.  

    But the idea structures in many working class folks' minds must change -- white folks cannot afford racism, working people have to stop believing Horatio Alger bs, real solidarity needs to grow.  It is possible, but it will not be easy and their are no guarantees.  

    It ain't inevitable.  

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    by TomP on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 09:35:58 AM PST

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    •  You can leave most lawyers and engineers (1+ / 0-)
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      out of the elite nowadays.  

      •  Yes, they mostly are what's left of (1+ / 0-)
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        the middle class.  My point is not that they are real owners of capital, but that they (overall) are not being impovrished as working class people are.

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        by TomP on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 10:38:18 AM PST

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    •  For the professions you describe (0+ / 0-)

      as highly skilled, those professionals who are highly paid are not because of their technical skill, but, most likely, because they've paid other professionals to be in their employ.

      We've gotten to the point where the only chance you have of being paid a fair wage is to be entrepreneurial. Some people want to practice law, or medicine, or design buildings, not manage an office, hire people to work for them, and market their services.

      I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

      by CFAmick on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 11:33:55 AM PST

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