[OPE-L:5937] Re: Re: the wages of war

From: Michael Perelman (michael@ECST.CSUCHICO.EDU)
Date: Mon Sep 17 2001 - 17:18:45 EDT

Jerry, my "we" was an ironic we.  I do not indentify with the ruling class
nor do I think that others here do.

On Mon, Sep 17, 2001 at 05:13:05PM -0400, Gerald_A_Levy wrote:
> Brief comments:
> 1) Re Michael P's [5926]:
>      "We" are not part of the US ruling class. We,
>       as workers and as  Marxists,  should therefore
>       not  identify ourselves with the US state
>       or its policies.
> 2) Re Alfredo's question on "crusades":
>       It was intended, I believe, for internal
>      consumption. One has to  remember that  much
>     of Bush's support comes from the 'Christian
>      right'.     Moreover, an explicitly  Christian
>      message resonates well in a country
>      that is overwhelmingly composed of people
>      who identify themselves as Christians.
> 3) Re Patrick's response to Paul B on Mandela:
>      Patrick: did you note that Paul put the word
>      'terrorist'  in  quote ['...'] marks?
>      Is it just possible that you misinterpreted
>      his message?
> 4) On the following from Patrick's [5931]:
> > The public works injection associated with
> > rebuilding New York and
> > expanding the military will increase the size of
> > the GDP.
>     It could increase employment, especially in the construction trades in
> NYC and with defense contractors. Other sectors, including the airlines
> and tourism, can be expected to suffer, particularly
> in the short-term. Will this necessarily increase US
> GDP?  Well, it will almost certainly increase
> state debt and could quite likely lead to increased
> taxation.  The latter could lower  disposable income, lead to decreased
> rates of consumption (and possibly investment), and  lower GDP.  Moreover,
> in the short- to medium-term an exacerbated recession is a  likely
> consequence of
> the WTC attacks.
> In solidarity, Jerry

Michael Perelman
Economics Department
California State University
Chico, CA 95929

Tel. 530-898-5321
E-Mail michael@ecst.csuchico.edu

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