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This can't go unchallenged

Posted by: MDG on December 20, 1999 at 20:46:52:

In Reply to: Labor aristocray posted by Stoller on December 20, 1999 at 18:52:17:

: : a. Frog works as a court-appointed attorney for poor, abused and neglected children...

: : b. Frog's husband is a co-director of a medical clinic for the poor...

: In other words: members of the LABOR ARISTOCRACY.

: 'Helping' the poor and sharing some of the mindless, degrading work that the poor have to do are TWO VERY DIFFERENT THINGS.

: But thanks for the sympathy, anyway...

Barry, I know I said that our discussion of socialism was over, but your post above demands a response.

Like Frog, my wife was a court appointed attorney for abused and neglected children for five years. In the District of Columbia, which is one of the worst places to be a poor child in the United States. My wife also ventured into rough neighborhoods, even at night, places where violent drug dealing and gunfire and homicides are a daily occurrence -- and this by a white, "petit bourgeosie" from Buffalo, NY (as you would no doubt sneeringly call her). She made very little money, and sometimes had to wait months for the D.C. gov't to pay her.

And here you have the audacity to call people like her "The Labor Aristocracy!" Here's a dose of reality for you, Barry: my wife, and the ABUSED children she represented, live in the capitalist United States of now, not the fantasy communistic society of your wildest dreams. They have to deal with the here and now. You may bitch about people who dare go on to college, and even law school, and who deign to represent poor children rather than working in a factory like yourself (or whatever blue collar job you so proudly hold), but if it wasn't for lawyers like my wife -- the oh-so evil labor aristocracy -- choosing to represent poor children instead of corporations, then who would defend those childrens' interests in court? You? She saw to it that abused children received medical attention and special education; what have you done lately that comes anywhere near that sort of accomplishment?

Court appointed attorneys for the poor do more than sympathize with the poor -- they improve their lives in real, concrete ways that are far more meaningful than cult-like Trostkyites handing out leaflets on the street corner and blathering on a electronic chatboard.

You've got a lot to learn about people you write off a "aristocrats" and "goners," boy.

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