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Primer on Class Struggle

March 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Published on Thursday, March 31, 2011 by CommonDreams.org
A Primer on Class Struggleby Michael Schwalbe
When we study Marx in my graduate social theory course, it never fails that at least one student will say (approximately), “Class struggle didn’t escalate in the way Marx expected. In modern capitalist societies class struggle has disappeared. So isn’t it clear that Marx was wrong and his ideas are of little value today?”
I respond by challenging the premise that class struggle has disappeared. On the contrary, I say that class struggle is going on all the time in every major institution of society. One just has to learn how to recognize it.

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