[OPE-L:3035] Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: starting point and capital

From: Gil Skillman (gskillman@mail.wesleyan.edu)
Date: Sun May 07 2000 - 17:48:24 EDT

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Hi, Rakesh, and sorry for the delay in my response,

If the point of your example is that nominally self-employed workers don't
do better than those subsumed under capital in at least the formal sense, I
agree entirely. Indeed there's an isomorphism theorem lurking behind my
argument that says at best we should expect them to be no less exploited
than their subsumed counterparts; it's just that the self-employed
exploited indirectly through, e.g., the interest payments on their trucks.


>Dear Gil,
>This may have already been sent. Having trouble with this connection.
>Re:workers gaining access to their own means of production. There is an
>attempt to break a truck drivers' unionization drive in Long Beach, CA
>presently on the ground that the truck drivers are not waged employees but
>independent contractors who under Federal Law cannot form unions. Of course
>by formalistic criteria--upon which the bourgeoisie is latching-- that the
>truck drivers are owners disqualify them from the proletarian class.
>At any rate, see for example New York Times 4/15/2000, p. A7. The reporter
>notes that a typical truck driver makes about $8/hr after his expenditures
>on fuel, insurance, payments for the truck, maintainence, etc.
>YOurs, Rakesh

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