Class Unity and Intersectionality

Posted: 26/01/2018 by zandtao in Media, Struggle
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As usual I like to read Black Agenda Report analyses, and I am pleased to see that class is an issue now being raised. Intersectionality is a far too haphazard process to base any movement on, sadly at the present time any form of unity or common concurrence including intersectionality is worthwhile.

The Left, and I mean the genuine left as opposed to an umbrella left dominated by liberals, has completely failed the 99% in the twentieth century, and with the flames of liberal indignation being manipulated continues to fail in the twenty-first. Throughout my limited political involvement in the UK, the genuine Left was always fighting the intellectuals both outside and inside its ranks, and in the end were easily pushed out of the way by Blair and his neoliberal promotion of liberalism. I had hoped in Occupy to see a return to the genuine left but instead funded right-wing intellectualism has succeeded in completely dividing the movement. There is now only confusion and the 1% are using the forces of rising fascism to increase their accumulation.

Class is still a relevant issue, but obviously “some Marxist analysis is dated”. Class solidarity united against war and wage slavery is the only unity that can prevail in any way against the 1%. But in my adult 45 years we are the furthest from any such unity. Promoting liberalism has divided the class, and issue-based campaigns completely dominate the agenda; and this agenda is one that is being manipulated by the 1% through their strategy of confusion. How can there possibly be revolutionary understanding presented on mainstream media (owned by 1% moguls)? It is only acceptable because liberals can pretend to be fighting, have their jobs and houses at the same time – and their entertainment.

Class is more than the summation of separate identities, and solidarity within class would soon teach that liberal representation for one group can never be beneficial for a class. If the number of jobs are the same and there is transfer of jobs from one class member to another, we are only promoting the interests of the 1%. New jobs have to be taken from the accumulations of the 1% – not each other.

We need a class identity again. Back in the day in the UK there was a limited class identity of the cloth caps with some middle-class involvement. That class identity gave those people some strength, and there was a feeling of class identification. But there was a failure in education and solidarity so within that class there was racism, sexism, homophobia etc. Although some in the movement tried to educate they failed, and, instead of the class developing, interest groups started to dominate. At the same time there were fewer of the production-line “working” class, the class failed to change with the job market, and intellectual egos claimed an arrogance (above cloth caps) becoming forces for separation. Now instead of having a united class of wage-slaves, we have interest groups and those interests can claim to be both left and right within the same interest group; for many in these groups wage-slavery is not an issue, many such buying into their career delusions. More importantly those interest groups have no means of attack, they do not threaten the profits of the 1%. Whilst withdrawal of labour was a useable weapon, now what weapons do we use – perpetual bleating in the mainstream media? Demonstrations that are ridiculed? Progress can only be made with unity, a unity that recognises a united class, a united 99%. And then progress can be made through class strategies such as class demonstrations, consumer control, and constructive struggle against the 1%. Only strong unity can meaningfully affect their accumulation.

Interest groups need to be proud to be proletarian again, interest groups need to unite in a class struggle whether it is called the 99% or something else. Dividing the class on interests and supporting such interests through liberalism has no future especially as liberals will dodge any fight that affects their mortgage. When the 1% changes the labour market and it appears workers from one interest group are favoured, we have to scream at the 1%. All of us must scream that way, racists, liberals must address the same cause – 1% accumulation. It is class and not interest groups that can unite, can defend, can defeat, interest groups can only be played off.

I have had to work with racists in the “old grass roots movement”, it was distasteful. They did however fight for the class, sadly I suspect the new generation of those people are now alt-right. A tenuous link to the movement is better than none, and maybe education can happen. If there was no trade union movement those people’s interests would gravitate to the alt-right. These people were not compassionate, they were self-interested, and now that self-interest is probably alt-right. However distasteful it is to work with these people it has to happen, they are far less distasteful than what the 1% and their current puppets are doing. Not everyone has to be right-on to work with them, there can be mutually-beneficial interests in the class.

Success through intersectionality can never work, it is too easy to fan the flames of difference. Accepting class with all the weaknesses of class comrades is the only slim distasteful chance that we have.

Class unity not intersectionality.

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