When The Lady On The Checkout Is Your Class Enemy
December 21, 2020
From the Socialism 101 Reddit, a question of crushing import:
Are cashiers working class? I know this sounds like it should be obvious, but think about it. Cashiers do not produce any commodities. Under a non-capitalistic society, nobody would do what they do. In fact, their job is almost more like a cop. They keep commodities away from people and demand that you pay a fee to the bourgeois to access them. And if you refuse, they will use the violence of the state against you by reporting you to the authorities for shoplifting. So how are they, in a Marxist analysis, working class?
Yes, it’s real, or was, until deleted for attracting attention from unclean heathens. And needless to say, earnest rumblings ensued. You do, I think, have to marvel at the thought of someone going through life continually scanning for class enemies, obstructers of the Great Proletarian Revolution, and concluding that checkout assistants have just made the list.
Note the line,
Under a non-capitalistic society, nobody would do what they do.
Note too that the implications of this claim, for all manner of unglamorous but necessary tasks, are somehow not explored.
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