[Marxism] race, gender and class in the US
1999wildcat at gmail.com
Fri Oct 5 10:13:52 MDT 2018
There is a difference between "hardly" and "doesn't at all". There are some
workers - especially black and Latino but also some white workers - who are
aware of their class interests. In other words, have a class consciousness.
Also, let's not forget that like all people, workers' consciousness is not
monolithic; what is foremost today can recede into the background tomorrow,
and vice versa.
We are seeing an uptick in strikes nowadays. Even the steelworkers, many of
whom support Trump, might go on strike. If there were a significant more
within the anti-Trump left to link up with this, it would have an effect.
If there were a few working class candidates who ran campaigns linking up
these issues, that could also have an effect.
My point is that
On Fri, Oct 5, 2018 at 8:50 AM Dennis Brasky <dmozart1756 at gmail.com> wrote:
> I agree with your analysis, but if the working class hardly exists as an
> independent force, what material/political basis can a working class party
> be built upon?
> On Fri, Oct 5, 2018 at 11:12 AM John Reimann via Marxism <
> marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:
>> What this shows is not that the working class is divided; it's actually
>> fragmented. It hardly exists as an independent force in US society. This
>> has created a massive vacuum, and just as nature abhors a vacuum, so does
>> politics. It is exactly this vacuum that has allowed the most extreme
>> views, the most extreme aggression against the working class to become a
>> mass force.
*“In politics, abstract terms conceal treachery.” *from "The Black
Jacobins" by C. L. R. James
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