The Marxism Interpretation on “Our Economic Pickle” and Its Critics

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The Marxism interpretation on “Our Economic Pickle” and its critics PART I The article “Our Economic Pickle” published on New York Times analyzes the issue of stagnant wage of blue-collar workers and presentes several solutions. In a Marxism interpretation, the issue is precisely the outcome of capitalism, and the only solution to the problem is communism. The article reflects the flaw of capitalism: the estranged relationship between production and producer. Marx said, “What they [men] are, therefore, coincides with their production, both with what they produce and with how they produce.”(Marx, P.150) In other words, production becomes human’s material life. Before capitalism, humans produced their own product with their own instrument of production, however, after capitalism come into being, not only the means of production but also the products themselves are taken away from the producers. The producers become labors of the capitalists, doing repetitive works and receiving wages in return for their work. The means of the production, the creativity of production process as well as the final product are all taken away from the producer. In this way, “man’s own deed becomes an alien power opposed to him, which enslaves him stead of being controlled by him.”(Marx, P.160) In the modern case being discussed in the New York Times article, the blue-collar workers are precisely the passive wage takers from the capitalists who own the production instruments. As the market and the means of production being more and more controlled by the capitalist, the workers have less and less power to negotiate with the capitalist and therefore falling deeper into passive wage takers. The advance in technology has worsened the situation because it has not only further taken away the creativity in the production process, but also has decreased the reliance on labor power. In
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