(OPE-L) proletarians & the middle classes

From: Gerald A. Levy (Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM)
Date: Thu Oct 21 2004 - 10:02:04 EDT

Re: [OPE-L] (OPE-L) Re: CP India-Marxist Pushes Hi-Tec>>> You miss the rather obvious groups like 
        - senior civil servants
        - managers of big firms  <<<

Paul C, 

Thanks.  I guess that leads us in the direction
of a discussion of the "middle classes" and the
ownership *and*  control of the means of

Putting aside the rather obvious point that many 
(most?) members of these 2 groups receive income 
from other sources, e.g. stock ownership (and hence 
have a claim to ownership and control of means 
of production) , *what determines the salary that 
they receive*?  

Unlike skilled workers, I don't think the salary disparity 
between unskilled wage-workers and these senior 
servants and senior managers can be simply 
"reduced" to the time required, via educational 
institutions or apprenticeship, for learning how to 
perform these activities.  Nor, of course, can it be 
explained by unionization since these 2 groups 
typically don't belong to unions. Nor, I don't think, 
can it be explained by class struggle with  their 
employers. Indeed, at some levels of government 
and management these individuals have the ability to 
authorize higher salaries for themselves and don't 
have to bargain with anyone outside of the group 
(e.g. members of the House of Representatives can 
vote to give themselves a higher salary; members of 
Boards of Directors of large corporations can 
basically do the same.) What kind of  bargaining power 
do they have?   So, it can be explained on the 
basis of ...?  

In solidarity, Jerry

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