For the longest time, the Left everywhere dreamt of massive popular uprisings of labor against capital. The whole point of the Left was that in the conflict between labor and capital one had to be on the side of labor. But the moment labor does rise up against exploitation by capital and the power structures that are subservient to it, the Left turns its nose at the protesters.
This is not a new development. The Left lost most of its battles against capital because it always found the people it’s supposed to represent kind of distasteful. Russia’s great writer Solzhenitsyn was a passionate Marxist-Leninist who was all about the rights of workers and peasants until he met some actual workers and peasants and discovered that they weren’t very cultured and smelled kind of funny. And that was that for his interest in the working classes.
This is a story that keeps repeating itself in different eras and different places. Capital has learned how to make itself look very seductive to the Leftists. It says all the right things, it doesn’t permit itself to give off even a whiff of un-PC ideas. Capital just smells nice. And those unhappy, angry workers can never win that competition. They can never manage to use the correct slogans or show up at a convenient time. As Solzhenitsyn observed in 1950s, they are way too emotionally attached to having enough food to eat and enough clothes to wear, and that’s boring and not exalted enough for anybody to support them. It would be so easy to be on their side if they came out chanting “hey-ho, white supremacist imperialistic patriarchy has got to go.” Instead, they show up to oppose a fuel tax which just isn’t exciting and smells kind of nasty. Plus, they look uncouth in their vests, and might they actually be right-wingers? Fuck them, let’s wait for the real working classes instead, the ones that will be internationalist, recognize their privilege, and finally be the way the Left always wanted workers to be.