Re: [OPE-L] the working class and the informal sector

From: michael a. lebowitz (mlebowit@SFU.CA)
Date: Sun Dec 12 2004 - 17:48:04 EST

Hi Jerry,
         I think those definitional criteria below are the easy ones. How
about people working in the sphere of circulation within the circuit of
capital who would choose to be wage-labourers if that option were present
but who are compelled to function as retail workers who must bear a risk
because they have no alternative?
         in solidarity,

At 12:47 11/12/2004, you wrote:
> > Let's begin by seeing whether we can agree on what are
> > some *false* criteria that have been used re the definition of the
> > proletariat:
>I forgot a few  basics that I hope we can also agree on:
>* can we agree that one can be part of the working class even if
>       one is not engaged in commodity production?
>* can we agree that one can be part of the working class even
>       if one is not employed by capitalists?
>(one would have to agree to both of the above if one believes
>that state employees can be part of the working class.)
>*  can we agree that if one is temporarily in the reserve army
>and hasn't become a member of another class then one
>remains a member of the working class?  (e.g. the 'frictionally
>* can we agree that members of working-class families, even
>those too young or too old to work,  are ordinarily part of the
>working class?
>In solidarity, Jerry

Michael A. Lebowitz
Professor Emeritus
Economics Department
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, B.C., Canada V5A 1S6

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