Poke78, 3/30/2011 - 4:17pm "Given that words mean things, I'd like to take a moment to deconstruct and consider the context of the word "proletariat" in The Capitolist column on 3/30. In the broadest general definitions I could find, the proletariat are the non-wealth or non-property holding members of society. The more specialized definitions draw from the general definition with original application in Roman law and later in Marxist theory for the societal order of those who labor for wages.
As I read the rest of the article, I believe the evidence supports a conclusion that the intended meaning originates from Marxist theory where application of the taxing power is alright as long as it balances the scales of social or economic class. That sounds like a discussion between a plumber and a presidential candidate sans TelePrompter a few years back. It was great political theater that exposed the candidate for what he was and is but the American press glossed it over.
Mr. Hamilton's column is equally glossy. He really should be more forthright in helping the reader understand his meaning. Personally, I find the Marxist dialectic to be really stale as persuasive political analysis. I bet it got good marks in his college PoliSci classes, though."
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