-----Original Message----- From: lbo-talk-bounces at lbo-talk.org [mailto:lbo-talk-bounces at lbo-talk.org] On Behalf Of Carrol Cox Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2011 1:52 PM To: lbo-talk at lbo-talk.org Subject: Re: [lbo-talk] dreaming in public
The primary fact abut any college or university is that it is a place where working-class people earn a living (and faculty is included in working class). Any attack on the university is therefore, first of all, an attack on the working class. Any statement abut faculty which compares their conditions to the conditions of other workers anyplace in the world is an attack on the whole working class, and hence whatever the intentions of the speaker or writer that person is engaged in a defense of capitalism,.
Such comparisons are pissing contests, one of the major elements in working-class disunity. It is the same thing as saying women are worse off than Latinos, or Latinos are worse off than Indian peasants.
I'm not reading what others have to say on this thread . . . I'm afraid of becoming personally contemptuous of people I respect.
I regard respect for university workers as a matter of principle. Which side are you on?