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