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Op is talking about the division between mental and physical labor. People that do mental labor have a tendency to look down at people that do physical labor. They believe it maintains them a higher social status, a claim to higher wages and other benefits. An unspoken yet widely accepted assumption is that manual labor has to feel inferior to accept orders and instructions. Manual workers like all human beings resent having a low social status and of course create a counter value system that devalues mantel labor.
Tangent: Manual labor can in some occasions earn more than mental labor, like a diver that does welding underwater for offshore mineral extraction can make more than a lawyer.
Socialists will notice that this divide benefits the capitalists because they in effect are able to play different sections of their employees against each other. So the socialist program is to eliminate the social distinction between mental and physical labor. Work done is work done, it's time and effort regardless whether the brain or the muscles were exerted. We have reached the sticky point, both sides of the divide will have to adjust their attitudes and value each others contributions, and redirect their animosity towards the capitalist class.
Tangent: When the Soviet Union was being collapsed by the Yeltsin-gang, the educated strata of the former Soviet Union was protected, manual labor however experienced a huge rise in mortality and reduced life expectancy.
For our fellow educated leftist here, it has to be noted that mental labor has to carry more of the burden of healing this rift, because physical work is done by people that the system considers disposable for the most part, they often have less maneuvering room to make concessions.
Many people that work management like having power over others more than anything else in the world, they will not side with socialism because that wouldn't let them play the role of petty tyrant in an office, a construction site or corporate chain business. They wont care about their economic interests. Many academics are busy inventing new "theories" that explain why poor people are bad quality breeding stock or lack the sophistication it takes to run society, they abuse their cognitive tools to craft elaborate declarative nPost too long. Click here to view the full text.