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You're comparing different classes arbitrarily

Posted by: Stoller on November 10, 1999 at 15:57:51:

In Reply to: the greedy tenacity of the peasant posted by Gee on November 10, 1999 at 14:32:53:

: I think the 'problems' with 'greedy peasants' are the same now as they ever were and the likelihood of revolution made less by the comparative comfort and satisfaction in which modern day western 'proles' exist

You're comparing a LANDOWNER (peasant) with someone who owns NOTHING BUT THEIR OWN LABOR-POWER (the proletariat).

Go read Capital again, Gee.

The 'peasant' (family farmer) has been almost entirely EXTERMINATED by capital in the developed world---and the same fate awaits elsewhere...

That's a qualitative difference...

On the other hand, the ('end of history') contentment of the proletariat is, AS ALWAYS, contingent upon the next (predictable) capital crisis and / or stock market meltdown.

The proletariat is a fickle fellow.

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