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Someone explain this Murray Rothbard quote to me.

“Marx himself, and Marxists generally, have devoted many millions of words to the concept and use of the term ‘class’. Yet in all his writings, Marx never once defined it. For if he had attempted a definition, the stark inner contradiction in the concept, the slippage between state creation and mere market action, would have become starkly clear, and something would have had to give.”
— Murray N. Rothbard An Austrian Perpective on the History of Economic Thought, Vol. II Classical Economics (pg. 384)



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In a completely socialist system...

there are only two classes - the ruling elite & the citizens. The citizens are assumed by the socialist ideal to be all equal. However in order to "manage" such a system, a "superior" class must be established.

In a free market, it is within the capability of the average citizen to transition to any "class" within the society. In other words, government privilege is the driving force behind maintaining individuals in certain "classes."

It means

that you can't straddle the razor wire of class.

Laymen's terms: If they never

Laymen's terms: If they never define where the endzone is, they can always move it suit their needs.

Example: The Harry Reid led senate does not believe in limiting itself by passing a budget, a brilliant propaganda move on their part, as they can call up a fake financial crisis every other year.

Southern Agrarian

what needs to be explained?

what needs to be explained?

"Class" is a government creation, no such thing exists in a market economy.