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Reminder that if you sell your labor to live, you're part of the working class. The "middle class" was invented (by people like us) to target subjective differences in lifestyle based on income.

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The only useful conception of a "middle class" is to describe people who live mostly off their assets but occasionally work to round out their earnings. And even that needs to be unpacked at an almost case by case basis, because of how complex those relationships can be.

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I should have said if you are *forced* to sell your labor to live. But this is exactly the kind of conversation I was hoping to spark.

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So you’re saying a CCO of a global agency and a Starbucks employee are both part of the “working class”? That’s one way to look at it.

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But that’s precisely the point, right? They are choosing to work even though they have the means not to, so they are not truly working class in the same sense. They may continue to sell their labor for wages, but they truly receive more in compensation from bonuses and stocks. This is one of those case-by-case bases where you can determine that the CCO isn’t in the same class position as the Starbucks employee, who only receives a wage for their labor, and would have to scramble for another job if they got laid off. Further, the Starbucks employee (and any low level employee at any company) necessarily does not receive in wages all of the profit their labor generates—this gets reinvested in the business and also goes to those higher up on the pyramid, like those in managerial roles, and those further up like owners and stakeholders. I would say the CCO is positioned somewhere between the manager and the owner— upper-middle class. One might also call it upper professional-managerial class. I think the intention of this post is to imagine a kind of class unity, but I do agree that not every working person truly has the same motivations and relationship to power...

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