This is not a problem of the comprehension skills of working-class people, who understand all too well where value comes from. It is a problem of power and the inadequacy of our institutions.
"It is not an unhappy accident that most of us are dependent on waged work in order to buy the things we need to live. Sadly, it is foundational to a society based on the private production of things for profit. This class status leaves workers in a vexed relationship with time and money that limits our capacity to choose and have control over our lives. Contemporary economic conditions compound matters: real wages have declined relative to the cost of living and this has left workers reliant on debt and credit in order to consume goods and services, exacerbating the financial difficulty we face."
I'm so grateful the summer is here. In the winter, I was having to decide whether I was filling up my car or switching the heating on. I couldn't afford to do both.