The working class in the United States faces tremendous difficulties, but there are some hopeful signs of movement.
Claims that the working class no longer exists often suggest it’s been replaced by a “precariat” who don’t get a regular salary. But this precarious condition has been the experience of most workers throughout capitalism’s history — and where we did get stable employment, it was because we organized.
I am often baffled by leftist/marxist strategy:they confess to the complete failure of their own strategy but then turn around and reaffirm the whole set of cliches that have fallen out of date, assuming they ever had a valid moment. Continue reading “working class science fiction of the marxists…//Revolution, Counterrevolution, and Reformism | Socialist Revolution”
For centuries, working-class people have been sent to die in wars for empire. The rich history of soldier revolt isn’t just about foreign policy — it’s about breaking the power of the mighty in society as a whole.
Source: Breaking the Chains of Command
The question of the working class has been confused by marxist theory and its place in the dynamics of socialist transformation has never been clarified. The idea is central to the left, and should be, but it needs to be put in perspective and seen realistically as one part of a larger analysis of all classes and their path to socialism. Marxist thinking generates immense resistance because it implies the elimination of all classes except the working class, absurd, but seemingly implied. The maoists and bolsheviks simply murdered immense numbers who didn’t fit in their rubrics and the result has totally discredited the basic ideology. The point should be obvious but still hasn’t sunk in with the marxist true believers. Continue reading ” Imaginary working class fantasies, daydreaming marxists…”
The question of socialism is far more than the question of the working class (which in the US is almost marginal at this point). If the working class controlled industries would their self-interest move to ignore the issue of climate change? A real socialist breakthrough has to look at the whole society and move to create a holistic system beyond class in which the issue is not working class control but the chance of expropriation of the whole property/capital sphere and the creation of a Commons…
It just might be possible for a reformist spectrum to move toward and electoral foundation for real socialism…expropriation of the means of production…
The welfare state isn’t enough. A future Bernie Sanders government needs to pursue policies that diminish the power of capital and radically democratize the economy.
The climate crisis is proof positive that the ruling class is an utter failure — but it will not fall on its own. Can the working class rise to the challenge? It sure will help if we understand that our class interests are not merely the economic needs of working people — no matter how important More