Thursday, April 13, 2006

In Praise of the Lumpenproletariat

Marx's “The Eighteenth Bru­maire" description of the Lumpenproletariat of Paris:

Alongside decayed roués with dubious means of subsistence and of dubious origin, along­side ruined and adventurous offshoots of the bourgeoisie, were vagabonds, discharged soldiers, discharged jailbirds, escaped galley slaves, swindlers, mountebanks, lazzaroni, pickpockets, tricksters, gamblers, maquereaus, brothel keepers, porters, literati, organ­grinders, ragpickers, knife grinders, tinkers, beggars-in short, the whole indefinite, dis­integrated mass, thrown hither and thither, which the French term la bohème

Who are the Lumpen of our hyper-capital age? We are all lumpen now....