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Clarissa's Blog

An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

The Many Uses of Fluidity

AT&T workers from the store around the corner are striking. I read a newspaper account about the strike and discovered that the company’s spokespeople claim that the strikers are making $140,000 and their discontent makes no sense. 

I don’t know how much workers elsewhere make but I know for an absolute fact that the people who are striking here in town don’t even make $40,000, let alone $140,000. I know that because I know one of the strikers and her friend and the Mom of another strikers. And I know them enough for them to have shared information about their working conditions with me long before the strike. 

One of the benefits for the capital of fluidity and the attendant rootlessness is that people never manage to form deep enough relationships that will allow them to share the truth about their working conditions . 

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