The average American makes $50,000 a year.
The average NBA player makes $5,000,000 a year.
The average MLB player makes $2,800,000 a year.
The average NFL player makes $1,750,000 a year.
The average NHL player makes $1,500,000 a year.
If we consider the 1% to be those making more than $500,000, then the athletes mentioned above would make at least 3 times as much as the unfairly rich (according to the 99% represented in the Occupy Wall Street). Carmelo Anthony makes about 20,000,000 a year, which is 40 times more than the 1% baseline. Why doesn’t this matter to those Occupying Wall Street?
Karl Marx was a German philosopher who was very critical of the capitalist economic system. He called it the “dictatorship of the bourgeoisie,” which sounds like a tyrannical kingdom in which the constituents have very little say in what happens. Karl Marx would be outraged if he could see the state of our economy today. According to the Occupy Wall Street website, “the one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%.”
Marx believed and hoped that under socialism, the working class would run the show. Technically, the players are the workers in this situation, but it is clear that NBA players are greedy, so how would Marx and OWS react to this situation of wealth?
How can we classify the NBA under capitalism? Even after the 2011 lockout, the salary distribution was 51-49, players to owners. So, who really is running the show? Would this already be what Marx called the “dictatorship of the proletariat”?
What do you think about this whole situation? Should athletes be included in Marx’s working class even though they clearly display traits of the 1%? Should the next “Occupy _______” be on center court down the road at Madison Square Garden since athletes incomes are much higher then what the 1% is considered to be?