The Far-Right Have No Concept of ‘Working Class’
Over the last few months in various circumstances, I have heard the following categories of people being labelled by the far-right as not ‘working class’….. Students, office workers, teachers, social workers, nurses, black people, Asians, Muslims, Gays, Lesbians, Eastern Europeans, women, and all public sector workers.
In fact I head that the only ‘real’ working class people are construction workers, people who work on factory floors, and people from the armed forces. They are of course mistaken.
I will not attempt to use any high-brow definitions or theories of class as it will bore me as much as people reading it. However, if someone earns £15,000 a year labouring on a building site they are working class. Also, someone else who earns £30,000 a year working as a teacher is also working class. They are both in the same position of having to exchange their labour for a sum of money. Just because one works in manual labour does not them any more working class. However, I do accept that there are differences in standards of living, job security, and social marginalisation. Nor does it matter what age, gender, sexuality, religion, or colour, the individuals are. A white, male plasterer is working class, and a black midwife is working class.
Together the working class is strong. Divided they are not. So in whose interests is it to keep the working class divided? Yes you guessed it; it’s the ruling class who benefit from a fractured working class. They want us to fight amongst ourselves, they want us to complain that Bill has got something that Julie has not got, and they want wages, conditions, and jobs driven down to the lowest common denominator. We have absolutely no shared interests with the ruling class, so why do the far right consistently do the bosses job for them.
When the country is in recession, they blame immigrants for being a drain on the British tax payer, yet they never mention multi-millionaire business owners, who control the vast majority of the wealth. They blame benefit cheats, yet they never mention companies who dodge tax equivalent to five times the entire benefit bill. Why do they target the poorest and most vulnerable ‘working class’ people, yet never complain about the bosses?
Boneheads within the far-right are nowhere near to developing any semblance of a ‘class consciousness’. They have no idea of what ‘class’ actually means, where they fit within the pyramid of a capitalist system, how capital works, and how the ruling class use and divide them in order to keep them subservient and grateful.
A genuinely class conscious worker does not attack picket lines, or attack trade unionists. Unions are the main way that working class people organise themselves against the bosses, so why attack them? Why attack socialist paper sales? Why attack immigrants? Why attack anti jubilee protestors? Why attack Muslims?
Why not attack the ruling class and the capitalist system? Yes they talk about corrupt governments and politicians being scum etc. But all they wish to do is change one set of corrupt bosses for their own set of corrupt bosses.
Their attitudes and behaviours are nothing new. Mussolini and Hitler both employed similar methods to smash the working classes within Italy and Germany. The history of the far-right in the UK is riddled with the upper classes, landed gentry, and rich business owners, who use mobs of young white males to push their own political agendas, scapegoating anyone they can for society’s ills, other than the real culprits.
A genuinely class conscious worker does not discriminate against other workers, regardless of colour, creed, or religion, nor do they side with the bosses. They realise that united, the working class are strong, but divided they are not.
I will fight with workers of many colours, but never for a boss of any colour!