Porky is confused, delusional, deranged, and NOT as class conscious as we make them out to be!
I think most proletarians, even in the imperial core, have been disabused of the notion that capitalism benefits them, even if they believe in the wrong solution to capitalism (such as a reactionary return to pre-capitalist traditions, etc.) or come to the wrong conclusion (such as aspiring to become a capitalist).
In short: Most people know that capitalism does not benefit most people.
But I think the most powerful myth of capitalism isn't the myth that it benefits the proletariat. I think the most powerful myth of capitalism is the myth that it benefits the bourgeoisie.
Capitalism is only in the short term interests of the bourgeoisie. Because the internal contradictions of capital, as well as its ecological unsustainability, make its eventual overthrow not only inevitable but necessary
, then how could the bourgeoisie view capitalism as in their own best interests? If they were at all as class conscious as we pretend they are, there would be a million Friedrich Engels running around, which is to say, bourgeois class traitors. The bourgeoisie organize to protect their own interests, but as it has been said, they sell the rope with which they will eventually be hanged. That is not the behavior of a class that is conscious of themselves or their historical role. If they were conscious of themselves and their historical role, the would have realized that they have already outlived their historical role of breaking up feudalism and industrializing modern society. Rather than grasping onto their dying power and trying to murder-suicide the entire planet, they should instead be organizing to bring capitalism to an end.
>but anon, that's not in their short term interests, even if it's in their long term interests. They aren't going to be hanged tomorrow, so many of them are betting that they'll die before revolution/the worst effects of climate change comes.
But many of them are trying desperately to extend their lives, increasing the chances that they do
live to be overthrown, and besides that, do they not care about their children? They accumulate more wealth than they can possibly spend or enjoy in a single life time. Ostensibly they do all this so their children can enjoy the fruits of their labor through inheritance. If they want tPost too long. Click here to view the full text.