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October 2018:An exchange prompted by the essay 

The Precariat: Today’s Transformative Class? 


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Bill Fletcher
Taking a long view of precariousness as an inherent feature of capitalism can shed light on the contemporary debate on “the precariat.”
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Nancy Folbre
The focus on “the precariat” is useful but limited: the fight over distribution isn’t just between labor and capital.
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Azfar Khan
A universal basic income is key to delivering security and autonomy to people in a precarious world. 
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Alexandra Köves
Beyond policies like a universal basic income, a transition to a equitable and sustainable society requires the redefinition of well-being, needs, and work itself.
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George Liodakis
There is no “precariat,” per se—the working class as-a-whole remains the necessary agent for transformation.
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Ronaldo Munck
Work in the Global South has always been precarious, but the resurgence of global labor organizing offers a way forward.
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William I. Robinson
The “precariat,” rather than a new class, is part of the global proletariat, on whose struggle with transnational capital our fate depends.
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Pritam Singh
A basic income alone is not transformative, but a feature of a broader ecosocialist vision of dismantling capitalism. 
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Eva-Maria Swidler
Workers in the Global North have a lot to learn from the past struggles of workers in the Global South (as well as in their own countries). 
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Alison Tate and Evelyn Astor
Labor unions must continue to play an important role in the fight for economic justice and against precariousness. 
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Author’s Response
Guy Standing addresses points raised by the contributors to this roundtable. Read
 

Category : Capitalism / Globalization / Hegemony / Marxism / Organizing / Strategy and Tactics / Theory / Working Class / Youth

One Response to “Debating the Precariat: A Roundtable and a Reply”


harry targ December 1, 2018

https://heartlandradical.blogspot.com/2018/11/the-material-reasons-for-current.html

The rise of the precariat is part of multiple dimensions of the changing character of capitalism: economic concentration, redistribution of wealth and income, the changing class structure, dispossession, geographic space, and of course, politics.