chapter  5
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Great expectations: the noise and practice of reform

The economic ideal of the intellectual wage earner is a national State controlling the industry of the country, in which each is rewarded according to a weird theory called ‘the rent of ability’... as the capitalist uses capital as the test of remuneration . . . as the wage labourer demands the social organization and control of the products of labour, so the middle class intellectual desires ability to be the test of income.1