The Demand for Equality in the Living Wage: Exceeding Calculation and Cooptation.
To escape this containment of equality, this paper draws on the thought of Alain Badiou to formalise the counting operation of capital. It aims to demonstrate how Living Wage campaigns are at risk of reproducing and further entrenching existing systems of counting value and appearance in disqualifying some workers from legitimate claims to a living wage. On the other hand, however, it argues that there exists a demand for equality at the heart of the living wage claim that is always in contradiction with the logic of capital. This demand contains the possibility of a political truth in antagonism with the conditions in which these political goals could be realised. This paper ultimately seeks to establish a grounding upon which we can think what is possible for wage labour anew, from a decided position of equality that refuses to concede to the compulsion of capital to count.