I've been thinking a little bit about the different financial figures for contemporary class war.
There's the struggle to increase the minimum wage.
There are discussions of taxes -- taxing corporations (or ending their tax breaks), taking the rich, taxing inheritance, etc.
And there is debt -- particularly individual and household debt linked to student loans and medical expenses. The anti-foreclosure movement would fit in this category insofar as foreclosures are effects of mortgage defaults.
The struggle over the wage resonates with historical working class struggles. It's basically a struggle for consumption, for the capacity to consume more. Perhaps it thereby aligns with claims for bread or battles around bread prices.
Taxes, historically, have been instruments by which the wealthy try to prevent the state from taking their assets. Most working class people don't pay much of their income in taxes. The success of the capitalist class in cutting their taxes over the last thirty years is one of the reasons education and infrastructure have taken such a hit. The rich don't want to pay for them anymore.
Debt has not been as central to struggles in the US during this century. For the most part, it has affiliations with farmers forced off their farms during periods of depression, recession, and decline. Only recently, thanks to the efforts of activists such as those in Strike Debt, has debt become more central. It is still relatively unstable as an issue, still too associated with individual failures -- fortunately this is changing as activists make clear the connections between debt and the collapse of public infrastructures, like schools and hospitals, as well as the connections between debt and wage suppression.
At any rate, I wonder if there is a parallel between wage, tax, and debt and the class claims of proletariat, bourgeoisie, and proletariat. If so, does it make sense (is it useful) to try to articulate them together?
Or, is the case that one or the other is too much implicated in politics of maintenance? And, if so which one?