AskProfWolff: Why Marx Differentiates "Productive" from "Unproductive Labor"

A Patron of Economic Update asks: "You mention three types of "actors" within the modern U.S. economy: productive, unproductive, and capitalist. Are unproductive workers those in fields such as information technology, business analysis, the law, doctors and other "white collar" or "grey collar", non-service fields? I assume productive workers are defined as those who engage in manual, or service, labor or work in manufacturing."

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