Class Struggle

I’m an old Marxist, and I see the class angle in everything. Brexit, schmexit, the real point of the story about the delivery guy who was fired for saying he supported Brexit is that a spoiled brat “activist” got a working class fellow fired just for fun and to feed his sense of self-righteous touchiness. What the brat found intolerable was that his class inferior dared to opine on politics instead of shutting up and hauling boxes.

6 thoughts on “Class Struggle”

  1. “I see the class angle in everything”
    Wealthy Britons love immigration as a way of recreating the old servant economy full of poorly paid, dispensable people who don’t dare talk back…
    I remember a similar article some years previous where one wealthy woman was chirpling about how marvelous that she had an “army of Ukrainians” to clean up her mess…


    1. Yes, it’s exactly what it is. Except for this part: “Rather, our argument is that we need to pay attention to the way changes in the form and nature of capital are associated with changes in the way states manage capitalist economies.” It’s the other way round. Capital manages the state because the state no longer has anything that capital needs. It used to but not any more.


  2. Considering the source (and I also checked out the blog the ‘story’ links to), I have really have no idea who to believe.
    Both sides’ versions of events seem equally plausible to me. It is equally plausible a customer might invent a pretext to make trouble for a delivery person or that delivery person might be threatening.

    It does seem rather curious that 1)the activist would go straight to false accusations of Nazi when “I don’t feel safe” will do and 2)it doesn’t actually make news other than Brendan O’Neill’s dumbass blog. [I looked.] Usually this kind of crap goes viral with all kinds of dumb thinkpieces, fast facts, and video. Other than a few stray tweets and a locked Twitter account, I’ve seen… nothing.

    You’ll love that this activist is as fluid as all get out.
    From The Atlantic The Millions Left Marooned by Brexit:
    “I thought we would at least know what was going to happen to us.”

    And it goes both ways. Redfern Jon Barrett, a British citizen who has lived in Germany since 2010, is one of thousands of Britons applying for German citizenship in the aftermath of the Brexit vote. Though Barrett has lived in Germany long enough to apply, he told me that isn’t the case for a number of his British friends in the country. Germany, like many other EU countries, requires that applicants have at least five years of legal residency in the country before they can be eligible for permanent residency. “Many of them have been here maybe two years, maybe three,” he said. “What’s going to happen to them in the meantime? … I thought we would at least know what was going to happen to us.”

    I wonder what Germans think about the surge of citizenship applications from Britons


      1. Like I said, it depends on who you believe. There is nothing good about this if you believe the delivery person’s version of events.

        I don’t know what the libel laws are in Germany. What little I do know suggests that they don’t have the free speech rules that Britain or the US have. Twitter accounts I see here are blocked and suspended from German IPs; and I have two cousins once removed who I’m pretty sure would not have the first names they have if they’d been born in Germany.

        I would hope the guy sues the hell out of his former employer. However, if what I found about the extent and reach of the story is accurate, suing might generate a negative Streisand effect for this guy instead.


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