by Brennen Ryan
A rough figure for median personal income per workday for people (working and non-working) in the United States over 15 years of age is $119.03 (roughly Rs. 4,946.88, we are using the current exchange rate). (1) According to a recent report, 394.9 million Indians, 86% of the workforce, are employed in the unorganized sector and work in “utterly deplorable conditions.” 316 million (roughly 8 out of 10 working in this main sector of the Indian economy), the vast majority of the workforce, make less than Rs. 20 or $0.49 a day. (2) We are going to compare the United States and India in terms of income per workday to get a rough idea about how great the gap is between the wealth of First World workers and Third World workers. In addition, this disparity of income is greater than these daily figures indicate because Indians often work more hours per day. (3) In addition to this, we should consider that people in the United States are generally employed in cushy jobs in the non-productive sector in safe environments. Indians, by contrast, are employed doing backbreaking and unsafe labor. (4) (5) (6) (7)
The standard First Worldist reply will be “But half of people in the United States make less than the median.” This is, of course, true. To that we reply that the *minimum* wage for a full-time worker in the United States is $5.15 (roughly Rs. 214.075) an hour, or $41.20 (roughly Rs. 1,712.60) a day, and that’s still almost 100 times what working Indians at around the *80th* percentile are paid. Nearly all working people in the United States make well over the minimum wage. For that matter, we could look at welfare recipients. Their income is vastly higher than $0.49 a day (which is about $10 a month if we count only “working” days) that Indian workers. So even persons on welfare in the United States are much better off than most Indian workers. Indeed, so is the “lumpenproletariat” in the United States, which is really not a lumpenproletariat at all, but a lumpenbourgeoisie. Anybody in the United States can get ahold of $10 in a month’s time, even if they have to resort to begging. Few Indians can. It is a good bet that many ordinary people in the United States have more access to capital than many who are considered bourgeoisie in India. When there is this much disparity in quality of life, reflected in income disparity, between workers in the United States and Indian workers, there is no meaningful sense in which we should consider these groups as part of the same class. There is no meaningful sense in which there is an alignment of class interests between a worker making $0.49 cents a day and someone who makes 100 to 243 or more times that amount, for example. In addition, other factors besides income raise the standard of living in the First World vis a vis the Third World. People in the United States have lives of luxury, Indians live at subsistence and sub-subsistence levels. Let’s consider the system of capitalist-imperialism as a whole. Within this system, people in the United States are getting more than their share of income and purchasing power. They are net-beneficiaries of the global distribution of wealth. There is no meaningful sense in which they can be considered exploited nor part of the proletariat as a revolutionary class. With a more egalitarian, more just distribution globally, all people in the United States legally would have their income, wealth, standard of living and purchasing power greatly decreased. Any way we examine it, virtually all people in the United States are getting more than their share of the global social product. First World workers are part of the global bourgeoisie whose interests align with empire against Third World. Marx said that we have to break with metaphysical approaches. We have to look beneath surfaces. It is not enough to look at the superficial means by which value flows into the pockets of First World people. It is not important whether an individual receives more than his share of the global social product by a salary, wage, or payment from investments. No matter how he receives the value, he still receives the value as an exploiter.
The disparity of wealth is caused by empire, by global capitalism, a system where whole geographic regions, whole countries, even continents, benefit by exploitation and oppression of the Third World. First Worldist revisionists agitate on behalf of First World economic interests are not true communist parties. They are First World social-fascist organizations agitating for a bigger cut of super-profits stolen from the Third World. Third World people’s organizations that make alliances with these social-fascist organizations should be looked at with great skepticism by true communists. Parties who lack common sense or science enough to see the obvious should stop calling themselves “communist.” Only Leading Light Communism explains today’s global class structure. Today, there is a lot to be happy about. We’ve got the new breakthrough. We have developed the revolutionary science capable of really winning. The masses are stepping forward and picking up the sword of Leading Light Communism. Great leaders, warrior geniuses, have emerged to lead humanity out of the darkness. This is a time of heroes.
According to the United States Census Bureau, people in the United States over 15, working or not, the median personal income was $28,567 (roughly Rs. 1,187,473.00) for 2005. People in the United States typically work about 240 days a year. They work five days a week. They get two weeks in holidays off and another two weeks in vacation time. So, let’s divide $28,567 by 240 to get roughly of $119.03 (roughly Rs. 4,946.88 ) for a very rough lowball median personal income per workday for people (working and non-working) in the United States over 15 years of age.