- Capitalism and Alternatives -
Ive done my Bolivian poetry BA now I want $$$
Posted by: Gee ( si ) on September 14, 1999 at 01:33:17:
In Reply to: The New Proletariat posted by R Rockliff on September 10, 1999 at 21:53:17:
: The new proletariat is an emerging class (I do not necessarily endorse any particular class theories when I use this term) which, unlike the traditional proletariat, is generally highly educated. This new, and ever growing, class consists of those who are highly educated (in disciplines that are not valued by capitalist societies) but are nevertheless quickly trapped into a form of wage slavery soon after graduation, usually making even less than traditional "blue collar" workers, but unlike the blue collar workers they have the added burden of the expense of their education to pay off. The new proletariat generally works in clerical positions with very long hours for very low wages with very poor benefits, while trying to manage the debt incurred
by their education.
It certainly is an interesting analysis. Its not realy that new though. The 'noble intellectual' who didnt stoop to learning engineering / accounting / software writing or any of those horrid things that get you a job.
The key phrase was "in disciplines that are not valued by capitalist societies", such as a BA in Bolivian poetry perhaps? Where there is little demand for the knowledge except among some people with convergent interests. I think the concept would have been more convincing if the phrase was "who endeavoured to study in subjects that would not lead to high payed employment". This makes it more realisticially a matter of choice for the prospective student, to gather knowledge about what happens post study, and which skills are likely to result in which jobs / salaries. Then we can observe the student not as valient but doomed rebel against capitlaism, but merely as someone who chose from a menu what to study.