Marx: Are journalists workers?

Rubyg580 at Rubyg580 at
Wed Aug 14 17:34:16 MDT 1996

In a message dated 96-08-12 20:01:28 EDT, you write:

<< MIM replies (To Louis P, in an exchange having something
 to do with the Detroit Newspaper strike): The proletariat doesn't
 need frauds like you posing as Marxists in order to sneak in the
 "ideological  classes" as Marx called them, into the proletariat.

<< However, the middle classes--the semi-proletariat and
 the petty-bourgeoisie--can often pass themselves off as just
 another bunch of proletarians. In this way they can also use
 the proletariat for their own ends, by claiming to represent
 the proletariat and pretending to agree with it interests. Such
 is the tactic of of any class. The bourgeoisie claims its rule
 is universal and universally beneficial. So too the classes
 seeking to worm their way into the proletarian movement must
 CLAIM to be proletarian. However, the jig is up once an analysis
 reveals exactly who is counted as proletarian and what exactly
 the fakers consider to be proletarian interests.>>>

What a strange and bizarre world MIM inhabits!  Not only do
non-proletarian classes, as entire entities, one would assume,
"sneak" or "worm" their way into the proletarian movement in
order to "use it to their own ends," but whole newspapers are
created by nothing but "journalists".

MIM must watch too much TV.  "Lois and Clark", "Lou Grant"
and other shows set in newspaper offices never show the actual
work of producing a newspaper.  They don't show you the
typesetters, the press operators, the classified ad takers, the
bundlers, distributors, delivery drivers, etc.

No wonder MIM's analysis usually doesn't make any sense;
they're so out of it they don't even know that the VAST majority
of people who work on a newspaper are NOT journalists!  They
don't know that the majority of the workers on strike against the
Detroit Newspaper Agency are Teamsters!

And, in spite of the fact that they acknowledge Lenin's concern
with progressive journalists, they don't find it progressive that
the Detroit Newspaper Guild (the striking union that represents
the journalists) refused to make a separate contract with the
Newspaper Agency.  They chose to remain in solidarity with
the workers who actually turn their ideas into print on paper
and distribute it to the readers.

I guess it's a good thing they stay out in their little petty
bourgeois student enclave in Ann Arbor.  The proletarians
and other workers in Detroit are much better off without these


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