[Marxism] RE: Labor aristocracy

Calvin Broadbent calvinbroadbent at hotmail.com
Tue Oct 4 08:09:19 MDT 2005

I can't speak for Rrubinelli, but am I a part of the labor aristocracy? I 
sure am; and when I'm not, I am constrained by my relation to it. As for 
Hispanic professionals, they are partly in the labor aristocracy, partly out 
of it. Listmembers? Depends what country they are from, what their 
occupation is, what colour of skin they have, what their politics are, and 
so on. By and large, I'd say most marxmail members are part of it. Labor 
aristocracy theory does not say that the most well-off sections of the 
working class must be reactionary: such an economistic characature leaves 
history, politics, and the balance of class forces unexamined.

Membership of the labor aristocracy is partly a state of mind, like any 
political position. If, for example, as Chris Rock has said, a busboy thinks 
to himself, I wouldn't switch places with even a rich black man,  instead 
'I'm gonna ride this white thing out and see where it takes me', he is on 
the side of the American labor aristocracy, despite his current penurious 

Many members of the labor aristocracy can, of course, switch sides, like any 
aristocrat. Michael Bakunin gave up his Russian aristocratic position to 
fight for anarchism (or something). The middle class teenagers and 
professionals of the West German 'economic miracle' in the 1960s formed the 
core of the Red Army Faction, Baader-Meinhof group.

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