The framework of the older left is passing away or gone and it is time to consider of ‘revolution’ in thought beyond the working class fixation of labor leftism. We confront a total social problem not just a problem of industrial labor, the latter in any case waning in the wake of globalization and automation. We have suggested a focus on the ‘universal class’, which includes the working class and yet invokes a far larger set of social groups many of whom are far more attuned to radical action than the stereotypical working class.
Let’s ask again: what is the position of leftists promoting working class interests on the issue of climate change, and the threat of industrial infrastructure as such? We need an entirely different kind of socialism/communism at this point and less frantic handwringing over the coveted allegiance of that abstraction the ‘working class’.
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