[Marxism] Richard Estes on what the Occupy movement tells us about Marxism and anarchism

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Apr 1 07:55:01 MDT 2013


On 4/1/13 9:47 AM, Andrew Pollack wrote:
> I also read Richard's article. He doesn't just describe empirically who
> turned up when in which numbers. He says explicitly that the working class
> has lost forever its collective capacity.

I don't know about "forever" but I have been a Marxist since 1967 and 
have not seen the American working class acting as a powerful instrument 
of social and political change in the way it did in the 1930s and during 
the Debs era.

So we are talking about a 46 year period, at least from my perspective. 
If the contradictions of capitalism are deepening, how does one explain 
the fact that not a single socialist group has attracted significant 
numbers of industrial workers?

I don't necessarily agree with Richard's analysis but the analysis 
commonly associated with Marcuse, the New Left, etc. is rooted in 
objective conditions. The great thing about the Occupy movement is that 
it took direct action against the capitalist crisis without waiting for 
the organized working class to take the lead.





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