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My comparative advantage?... My Short Class Autobiography...

Class Action challenges visitors to write a Class Autobiography: "Write your 'Class Autobiography.' A powerful way to reflect on class is to take an hour and write the story of your upbringing in relation to money and class." I had a lot of fun writing my Intellectual Autobiography, so I'm intrigued enough to give Class Autobiography a try.

I'll probably post it in a few days. Any other bloggers care to join me?


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Paul Zrimsek writes:

On the seventh day, God created tools of production and left them lying around. My ancestors got to them first, though they continued to pose as Slovenian peasants for a while to keep it dark. Eventually they realized that even if they pretended not to be rich they couldn't pretend not to be white, so it was only a matter of time before they got smoked out. At that point they revealed their bourgeois identity, and we have ruled the world ever since.

Maybe you could better take the time by updating your Intellectual Autobiography. That class business is suspect, isn't it?

Will Wilkinson writes:

Sounds like fun! I'll give it a go.

Scott writes:

Bryan - please!

The only thing I'm interested in learning here is how you came across this "classism" website. I could care less about someone's class autobiography.

After spending five minutes browsing that site I'm still not convinced that this is not some elaborate hoax.

Matt writes:

Hey, I'll try anything once.

Sean writes:

Ditto Scott. Bryan, please explain to us your strange obsession with this website, which is admitted great for comic relief:

"We work to support wealthy individuals (and institutions) to give larger portions of their assets to social change."

"Funding for public higher education has decreased, squeezed out by massive increases to corrections funding."

The best ever:

"Manifesto

Come out! Come out!
Move your money
Share it with those who need it
Challenge tax policies
Reduce mindless consumption
Pay living wages
Hold corporations accountable
Create community
Love yourself
Find security in community and Spirit
Let go in a massive way, we have got to move!
Support complementary currencies
Love your fellow beings, don’t pass them by!
Liberate yourselves from suspicion
Liberate yourselves from guilt
Liberate yourselves from fear
Join with others in creating our world of love!"

http://www.classism.org/documents/Manifesto.doc

Sean writes:

Errr, I meant "admittedly great for comic relief".

Just for having to read that correction, here's another sample of said relief:

"Silence surrounds the current generation’s struggle with student debt.
If students during the '60s had been saddled with the debts our present-day young people carry, there might not have been a civil rights movement."

http://www.classism.org/featured_articles.php

Nacim writes:

While they say they are working towards "Building Bridges Across the Class Divide", the only way this seems possible to them is through massive wealth re-distribution. Go figure.

Carl Marks writes:

While they say they are working towards "Building Bridges Across the Class Divide", the only way this seems possible to them is through massive wealth re-distribution. Go figure.

I think what they mean is that parents are bourgeois and their children are proletarians. Let the redistribution begin!

liberty writes:

That is a frightening website. That truly is PC meets self-criticism, re-education for the bourgeios masses. Does it describe "cultural racism?"

Cultural Racism:
"Those aspects of society that overtly and covertly attribute value and normality to white people and Whiteness, and devalue, stereotype, and label people of color as “other”, different, less than, or render them invisible. Examples of these norms include defining white skin tones as nude or flesh colored, having a future time orientation, emphasizing individualism as opposed to a more collective ideology, defining one form of English as standard, and identifying only Whites as great writers or composers."

Yes, thats right. Only white people can be "culturally racist" and capitalism by definition are racist. If not for that one word-givaway (white) one might expect the quote to be from Russia or China during communist re-education, cultural revolution. Where is that diefinition from?

A Seattle public school.
http://www.seattleschools.org/area/equityandrace/definitionofrace.xml
http://www.capmag.com/article.asp?ID=4677

Lets not fall for this re-education and define our "class" and our "struggle". There are no classes in the mobile and wealthy sociuety of 2005 America. The lower class are the youth and the upper class are the retiring.
http://www.bls.gov/cps/minwage2004.htm
http://www.aarp.org/research/economy/incomedist/aresearch-import-322-DD44.html

Paul Zrimsek writes:

I don't know what sort of bridges they want to build across the class divide but I've a shrewd hunch they're planning to charge tolls.

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