[iDC] viewing American class divisions through Facebook and
dk at telekommunisten.net
Tue Jun 26 11:39:16 EDT 2007
Guido Sohne wrote:
> Those with the power to make the rules set them up in their favor. We
> will be more likely to have class mobility if inheritance is capped
> and wealth accumulation is periodically deconcentrated into better
> support for the middle and lower classes.
Political power is extension of economic power, the purpose of the State
is to protect the privilege of property.
Inheritance can not be capped significantly, because the State is the
servant of property, and thus will never do anything that threatens the
system of enclosure and accumulation.
> The difference exposes what I see as 'class', as a grouping of people
> at some level of a hierarchy, whether natural (social and genetic
> Darwinism) or contrived (hereditary or genetic exclusivity), operating
> in their own interests. Probably I should be calling it something
Class is used differently in different context, but in terms of looking
at enclosure and accumulation, relationship to the mode of production is
the most relevant as the question you are asking is a fundamental one of
weather labour can acquire rent-capturing assets without inheriting
them. As a body, it can not.
> Why not? Is it from lack of ability or will?
Because rent-capturing assets drive all other inputs to reproduction
costs and are not generally sold or otherwise transferred below their
fully capitalized value.
> Theoretically, in a
> democracy, the numbers favor the lower classes, so why don't they take
> advantage of it to create more opportunities for mobility?
'Democracy' as it exists in the world today is nothing more than a
legitimization ritual, much like the coronation of a King, or the
ratification of an appointee of the Supreme Soviet.
Regardless of whether the legitimization ritual is thematically based
upon Lockean property rights, Divine Right, or Dictatorship of the
Proletariat, the State is not in anyway controlled by the audience of
these rituals, i.e. the population, but rather by the power elite, who
frame the entire context, provide all the candidates and choices, etc.
As the State is the guarantor of property rights and the provider of the
force required to control productive assets at a distance,
legitimizations rituals such as elections are mechanisms for the power
elite to control the population.
Dmytri Kleiner <dk at telekommunisten.net>
robotnik, epicurean socialist, aspiring crank
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