Thursday, October 20, 2016

What's weird in this list?

"...any sufficiently important left project going forward is going to involve at least four things: 

1 a more redistributive state, 

2 a more aggressive state intervention in the economy, 

3 a weakening of the centrality of waged labor, 

4 a broadening, service-based form of worker activism."

The conclusion ?

" These four points, essential as they are, will likely further drive Trump’s white working-class supporters away from the left, rather than unite them."

Okay point 4 has me head scratching 

But look at point 3 
" Any left agenda going forward.....will have to weaken the centrality and power of waged employment as the central arbiter of value of society. This takes a variety of approaches in the current debates: there are hard theorists of “post-work imaginations” like Peter Frase and Kathi Weeks. There
 are those who want to see non-waged work in the home, the “silent partner” of capitalism as Heather Boushey writes, protected and compensated as such. Then there are those like Andy Stern who think our ability to produce jobs will decline with future automation, and non-work security is just getting ahead of the curve..... Trump’s voters would pursue these options. As Alec MacGillis wrote in Who Turned My Blue State Red?, “these communities who are voting Republican in larger proportions are those who are a notch or two up the economic ladder.” And for them, the defining feature is work; those who don’t work are the problem, and the government is the problem for letting them do so. This is tied to redistribution but also goes beyond it. One thing that Hochschild finds is that her subjects use capitalism as an ordering of their lives, part of their system that dictates who is where in line.