Propaganda: How the Bourgeoisie Try To Sway The Working Class

03Jun10

So I purchased my first copy of The Community Manifesto, the Haymarket Books publishing company edition. It is edited by Phil Gaspar with a whole bunch of annotations, pieces of other writings from Marx and Engels, and great historical information. So early reading into it, barely touching the Manifesto itself, I am awash with ideas and revelations.

Why is it Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck spread false information about how immigrants and “illegal aliens” are stealing jobs and money from the working class a.k.a Regular Joes? Why do they suddenly care about the working class, when in fact they could sip Mai Tai’s next to their deluxe pool?

Simple: You control the working class, you sway the vote.

Historically, the “poor whites” or working blue collar whites had jobs that made wages. Slaves, typically Black or Native American, worked for nothing. Post Civil-War, oh look, now THEY can get wages! Why do THEY get to take OUR money? This separation of who is a legitimate worker/working class is the start of the divisions that the bourgeois or elite class wants to establish. By creating or instilling fear on the original workers, thus isolating the new People of Color workers, Capitalism can remain. Think of it: capitalism was on the rise due to colonialism and slavery. In fact, it was the most fundamental piece in capitalism. The white workers who were working well and had demand of the job market until Post-Civil War now felt outsourced to cheaper labor. This creates resentment, and racial tensions. (As long as there is racism, I believe, there will be capitalism and the attempt of power/control). Historically, any out sourcing is done to people of color or countries that are (because of racism) poor.

Outsourcing is a huge subject right now, and somehow we blame the country or people within that country for the problem. Never do we wag our finger at the big company, no. Wal-Mart can exploit Chinese workers who basically make a penny a day with bunk-bed dorm rooms the size of a modern closet, but it’s those “damn chinese folk who are takin’ our jobs”. Marx and Engels had a similar parallel when addressing the Irish/English issue; England took over Ireland and outsourced a lot of work to Irish workers. This angered English workers, and the Irish workers didn’t like being taken over. But they hated each other. Why? They weren’t pointing the finger at the English government, but at one another. How did this happen?

It happened because of antagonism from the press. The media played up the tensions, spread rumors, stereotypes, and whatnot about each other. And who controls the media? Oh yeah, the government. The government made up of elite class/bourgeoisie. They do this so there can’t be a unification of the working classes. If these workers actually united, they’d be a greater force and a lot harder to fight. So to maintain that division, hatred, racism, and fear of each other, the  government/capitalist/bourgeoisie use propaganda and scare tactics that are to racist, ethnocentric, and downright classist. So by utilizing propaganda, there can never really be a revolution.

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