The "Labor Aristocracy" and Working-Class Struggles: Consciousness in Flux, Part 2
Against The Current vol. 124

Post, Charles

Publisher:  Against The Current
Date Written:  01/09/2006
Year Published:  2006  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX13278

Whatever the theoretical and empirical problems with the economics of the labor aristocracy thesis, its defenders still claim that well paid workers have generally been more reformist and conservative in their politics than lower paid workers. They point to the example of mostly white New York City construction workers ("hardhats") attacking antiwar demonstrators in the Spring of 1970; and contrast them with the militancy and progressive politics of some of the recent "Justice for Janitors" campaigns.

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