Keith Sanborn on Sat, 5 Nov 2011 15:21:08 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> 99%? 66% is more like it

I think that the classic Marxian distinctions are good ones. My main issue is with the slippage from qualitative to quantitative and back.

This is especially problematic in the USA where the myth was that the great majority of the population was "middle class" and lived reasonably comfortably. There was an "upper middle class"--doctors, lawyers, accountants, engineers and successful small business owners, then small millionaires and big ones. The lower class was anyone chronically un- or underployed. Much of the former ""middle class" has slipped into the Lower class. "Middle class" I think in Britain carries quite a different sense to it and in Euro English yet another sense, the nuances of which probably vary with the first language assumptions of the speaker. 

Just trying to filter the fuzziness. 


On Nov 3, 2011, at 10:14 AM, Dmytri Kleiner <> wrote:

> Let's not get too caught up in the x% rhetoric, the numbers are just illustrative, 99% meaning "almost everybody", Alex's 66% I take to mean "2 of the 3 social classes" he discusses, without needing quantifying the exact size of those social groups to make the point.

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