[Marxism] Is it really just a "liberal stampede"?Theyouthshiftfrom Bush 2000 to Kerry 2004
MLause at cinci.rr.com
Thu Aug 12 16:11:52 MDT 2004
Explain to me what YOU mean by the petty bourgeoisie. I know what Marx
meant a century and a half ago--largely the self-employed small
businessmen, peasant freeholders, and professionals. Subsequently, that
social layer became as extinct as the dodo--well, at least, Siberian
So what does this term mean today, in concrete terms?
I certainly don't see any great sociological difference between the
Nader campaign and those in which I was involved on behalf of "working
class" parties in the U.S. like the SWP. Maybe the former tend to be a
bit older and more established in what they do, but I don't see any big
class difference in composition. And if we want to bring in historic
examples like the German Social Democrats or the British Labour Party or
the Italian Communists, I think the case is even more clear.
Or is your complaint about programmatic formulation?
I'm serious. What is the basis for this "petty bourgeois" label?
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