[Marxism] Income mobility in the US (was: millionaire mullahs)

Sayan Bhattacharyya ok.president+marxmail at gmail.com
Tue Aug 15 15:17:20 MDT 2006

On 8/13/06, Mike Friedman <mikedf at amnh.org> wrote:

> I won't even attempt to address your central concern, which is why the
> U.S. working class hasn't taken up socialism (or made the revolution),
> except to say that it is far more complex and should be de-linked from the
> (now discredited) idea of upward-mobility.

Perhaps an even more enigmatic question is why the Russian working
class let the gains of socialism be plundered by capitalists after
1990 without "making the revolution" to defend it.

In an interview with Darcus Howe in the eighties (in Paul Buhle's book
about CLR James), the interviewer asks Howe, "What do you anticipate
history will judge his (James's) major contribution?"

Howe replies, "I think the overthrow of the Russian state by the
Russian working class will be the final seal on the contribution
[James] has made. This event would prove without dispute the
post-Trotskyist theoretical basis of society that [James] had worked

Are there any good analyses of the puzzle as to how this could have happened?

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