Activism

Working Class 3rd Party Is Forming In America!

A Bernie guy takes the first tepid step away from Democrapic Party liberalism toward…a third party! As if we don’t already have plenty of those.

In the past, I’ve advocated that actual revolutionaries infiltrate minor parties and other mainstream or relatively mainstream organizations for the purpose of bending them in a more “extremist” direction, and creating a federative alliance of minor parties (led by extremists) as the political arm of an extra-parliamentary revolutionary alliance. But the outside agitation has to always be firmly established before any “insider” maneuvering can be achieved because whatever happens on the “inside” will only come as a response to pressure coming from the “outside.”

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  1. Let’s not use misleading code-words like “working class” anymore. Literally, that would be the class of people who have jobs and work for money, right? But, as I have observed for a long time, the term “working class” is not intended to apply to ‘everyone who has a job’.

    Rather, I see that it is usually used to refer to “blue-collar” jobs people, rather than “white collar”. Or, “proletariat” as opposed to “bourgeosie”.

    • Theoretically, both blue-collar and white-collar workers are both parts of the “proletariat.” The white-collar class barely existed in Marx’s day. Modern class systems are much more sophisticated today compared to when the classical Marxist typology was developed. Marx was a pretty insightful analyst of capitalism as it was in the 19th century but much has changed since then, obviously. And even within the context of his own time, Marx seems to have overemphasized mere control over “means of production” and underemphasized financial power and the role of the state proper.

      The state of the field in the social sciences today is that there are six basic social classes with C. Wright Mills’ “power elite” theory being used to categorize the ruling class. I tend to think this is also an overly simplistic approach. Paul Fussell’s study of class from the early 80s comes closer, although he focused more on the cultural aspects of different classes rather than their economic function per se. Dennis Gilbert’s work on modern class analysis in the late 90s was fairly interesting. I tend to think both Marxists and Libertarians need an updated approach to both class analysis as well as an updated definition of the ruling class or state.

  2. Okay, but do you agree with my point that as the term “working class” is used, today, it is typically used to NOT mean merely “people who have jobs”?
    If you agree, what do you think is typically meant by “working class”?

    • In common language, the term “working class” typically refers to what contemporary social scientists refer to the “lower middle class” or “working poor.” I agree that no one really thinks of white-collar workers and managers as “working class.”

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