The Myth of the Labor Aristocracy, Part 1
Against The Current vol. 123

Post, Charles
http://www.solidarity-us.org//node/128

Publisher:  Against The Current
Date Written:  01/07/2006
Year Published:  2006  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX13264

The persistence of reformism and outright conservatism among workers, especially in the imperialist centers of North America, Western Europe and Japan, has long confounded revolutionary socialists. The broadest outlines of Marxist theory tell us that capitalism creates it own "gravediggers" - a class of collective producers with no interest in the maintenance of private ownership of the means of production. The capitalist system's drive to maximize profits should force workers to struggle against their employers, progressively broaden their struggle and eventually overthrow the system and replace it with their democratic self-rule.

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