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THE SPINE APRIL 26, 2009

From Each According To His Ability, To Each According To His Needs

This is the famous slogan of Marx put at the end of an argument in the
1875 Critique of the Gotha Program which no one has read
since. Suddenly it has reappeared in the annals of real life
today.
I suppose it's the depression. Three Harvard graduates who got
their B.A.'s last June are working in New York and living in the same
Greenwich Village apartment. Two are in journalism being paid just
about the living wage for the city, maybe a bit less. The third is
working for one of the big international consulting firms. He is on
a handsome salary.
How did they divvy up the rent? From each according to his
ability...
This is not the first such arrangement I've heard. A small blow for
rational egalitarianism. 

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