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The working class versus the universal class

May 7th, 2016 · No Comments


Correctly interpreting the marxist tradition is very difficult, and is beset with the knee jerk defense of Marx at all points. But maybe Marx got it wrong. Or maybe times have changed.

We have tried here to streamline the whole legacy, make it independent of the term ‘marxism’ and the cult of Marx. We have also challenged the excessive focus on the working class, instead looking at the Universal Class as a superset of the working class. The Universal Class is present at most activist movements while the working class is not always so active. In any case we need to work with the full set of the complement to the bourgeoisie, a much larger set, and very often the real source of radical action.
Consider this book on Lenin:
Lenin and the Revolutionary Party

In most cases there is talk about the working class but when the acid test comes, a vanguard forms and acts in the name of the working class.

The idea of the Universal Class can mediate this easily: it is the same as the working class and/or a superset that can be the flexible placeholder in actual situations. Look at the Sanders movement? How many are working class? Most are my Universal Class, technically working class, but not really bluecollar.

We are not likely to get a revolution by the working class. Let’s be honest and attempt a revolution with the Universal Class, and make the outcome a matter of principle, i.e. communist foundations. We must trust that this group or universal class can be trusted to act on principle, given the inevitability of the universal class ending up with a vanguard. These points are all debatable, but the classic marxist jargon isn’t producing anything at this point.

We need someone/somwho’s with the resolve to create a revolution (or an electoral version, perhaps both in parallel), whoever they are. Such groups can betray principle. But look at the Trump movement. The working class types there aren’t exactly radical.

A movement of the Universal Class can actually create a superior form of equality, because it will define that in terms of principles. The marxist approach makes the working class the dominant class, a form of inequality!

It is not a big deal, actually. We stop waiting around for the working class, and just act with a new party of any and all types.

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