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Announcement :: Labor
Working Class Resources
11 Jun 2007
Lists of working class movies, documentaries, and literature
For the past few years, i've made available a list of working class videos that has found its way to the top of the Google search page.

http://www.rebelgraphics.org/workingclassmovies.html

I have just added another, similar page. I am seeking feedback for a list of titles in Working Class Literature. Appropriate categories include short stories, novels, poetry, reader-friendly academic books, and histories. This is intended to be a list for popular usage, and not specifically for academics.

The beginning list is here:

http://www.rebelgraphics.org/workingclassliterature.html

The current entries are the result of recommendations, plus exploring online sellers. But (as in the case of the working class video list) i'm relying upon others to assist with information on the entries.

This list can never be "complete," there are simply too many titles that may be classified as "working class." However, some may be much better than others, so voting inferior titles off the list in favor of better works is an entirely appropriate endeavor.

I'd like to get feedback on:
other titles to include;
feedback on any inferior or inappropriate titles already on the list;
brief reviews of any titles that still need it;
any suggested links for the link section.
Please access the links to send feedback.

thanks!
best wishes,
richard myers

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You must think the working class is pretty stupid!
11 Jun 2007
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[...] Thus, the pompous phrase about “lending the economic struggle itself a political character”, which sounds so “terrifically” profound and revolutionary, serves as a screen to conceal what is in fact the traditional striving to degrade Social-Democratic politics to the level of trade union politics. Under the guise of rectifying the onesidedness of Iskra, which, it is alleged, places “the revolutionising of dogma higher than the revolutionising of life”,[6] we are presented with the struggle for economic reforms as if it were something entirely new. In point of fact, the phrase “lending the economic struggle itself a political character” means nothing more than the struggle for economic reforms. Martynov himself might have come to this simple conclusion, had he pondered over the significance of his own words. “Our Party,” he says, training his heaviest guns on Iskra, “could and should have presented concrete demands to the government for legislative and administrative measures against economic exploitation, unemployment, famine, etc.” (Rabocheye Dyelo, No. 10, pp. 42-43). Concrete demands for measures – does not this mean demands for social reforms? Again we ask the impartial reader: Are we slandering the Rabocheye Dyelo-ites (may I be forgiven for this awkward, currently used designation!) by calling them concealed Bernsteinians when, as their point of disagreement with Iskra, they advance their thesis on the necessity of struggling for economic reforms?

Revolutionary Social-Democracy has always included the struggle for reforms as part of its activities. But it utilises “economic” agitation for the purpose of presenting to the government, not only demands for all sorts of measures, but also (and primarily) the demand that it cease to be an autocratic government. Moreover, it considers it its duty to present this demand to the government on the basis, not of the economic struggle alone, but of all manifestations in general of public and political life. In a word, it subordinates the struggle for reforms, as the part to the whole, to the revolutionary struggle for freedom and for socialism. Martynov, however, resuscitates the theory of stages in a new form and strives to prescribe, as it were, an exclusively economic path of development for the political struggle. By advancing at this moment, when the revolutionary movement is on the upgrade, an alleged special “task” of struggling for reforms, he is dragging the Party backwards and is playing into the hands of both “Economist” and liberal opportunism. [...]
See also:
http://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1901/witbd/index.htm