Re: [OPE-L] Chavez and Trotsky

From: Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM
Date: Fri Dec 10 2004 - 23:07:09 EST

>  <snip>  does not  obscure the fact that they have to work in
> some way to  avoid starvation.

Paul B,

Poor peasants also have to work in order to survive. Does
this mean that they are no longer part of the peasantry and
are now part of the working class?

In many countries prisoners are also required to work for
their food and 'housing'.  Are they therefore ipso facto part
of the working class?

Small-time drug dealers also have to work (i.e. sell drugs)
in order to survive.  Are they now part of the working class?

Etc. Etc.

Michael  L,

You wrote:

> In Venezuela, where about 1.5 of the 14 million (over half
> of whom are in the informal sector) are organized, do we
> mean basically the oil, steel and aluminum proletariat?

No.  Whether workers are organized or not does not
determine which class they are members of. Unorganized
wage-workers are just as much a part of the working class
as organized wage-workers.

In solidarity, Jerry

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