The older posts here are about identitarianism and the "warriors" who mob, dox, and censor in the name of social justice. Newer ones will be about economic justice and the reason thinkers from St. Paul to Malcolm X have said, "Respect everyone."
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Karl Marx on working-class racism: English vs Irish, White vs Black
Every industrial and commercial centre in England now possesses a working class divided into two hostile camps, English proletarians and Irish proletarians. The ordinary English worker hates the Irish worker as a competitor who lowers his standard of life….He cherishes religious, social, and national prejudices against the Irish worker. His attitude towards [Irish workers] is much the same as that of the ‘poor whites’ to the Negroes in the former slave states of the U.S.A…..This antagonism is artificially kept alive and intensified by the press, the pulpit, the comic papers, in short, by all the means at the disposal of the ruling classes. This antagonism is the secret of the impotence of the…working class, despite its organisation. It is the secret by which the capitalist class maintains its power. And the latter is quite aware of this.