[Marxism] Is economic struggle subversive?

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Oct 14 06:29:25 MDT 2016


On 10/14/16 7:46 AM, Paddy Hackett via Marxism wrote:
>
> Hi
>
> Economic struggles have a spontaneous character. They are not political
> struggles although they may have political implications. They are struggles
> that pursue demands that can be facilitated within the context of
> capitalism. They do  not challenge capitalism.
>
> Workers on strike in pursuit of a wage increase is merely "the collective
> struggle of the workers against their employers for better terms in the
> sale of their labour-power" (404) It has nothing, as such, to do with the
> abolition of labour power as a commodity. This means that it has nothing,
> as such, to do with the abolition of capitalism. It is a tacit acceptance
> of capitalist relations. Even if the working class become increasingly
> militant in its struggle for better terms in the sale of its labour power
> it is still struggling for demands that are realisable from within the
> capitalist economic system.
>
> This applies too to the Right2Water campaign in Ireland despite its popular
> and even militant character. It is an economic campaign the aim of which is
> realisable within the capitalist economic system. It does not constitute a
> challenge to the state nor even the government itself.
>

What is this? The last of the DeLeonists?



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