Blame the workers. Obviously.



This poster,  outside East Putney tube station, gathered quite a crowd the other day. There was a broad mix of tutting and moaning, with a smattering of wailing and gnashing of teeth. The consensus? It’s all that Bob Crow’s fault. Yes, brother and sisters, the lack of investment by management that the RMT repeatedly and continuously highlight is, in fact, the fault of the rail workers and their union.

In next week’s instalment we will learn how the spotty youth behind the counter in your local branch of HSBC is responsible for the global economic crisis. We’ll then give you a report on how the archeology PhD candidate working the nightshift in the Texaco service station round the corner is responsible for global warming. Finally, expect a full-length package explaining how the students protesting the extension to the retirement age in France only have themselves to blame.

Tired of capital. Bored of its hegemony. Frustrated with the prevailing ideology.

Marx wrote the German Ideology (one of my favourites…) in 1845. Not much has changed, comrades:

“The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e. the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force. The class which has the means of material production at its disposal, has control at the same time over the means of mental production, so that thereby, generally speaking, the ideas of those who lack the means of mental production are subject to it. The ruling ideas are nothing more than the ideal expression of the dominant material relationships, the dominant material relationships grasped as ideas; hence of the relationships which make the one class the ruling one, therefore, the ideas of its dominance. The individuals composing the ruling class possess among other things consciousness, and therefore think. Insofar, therefore, as they rule as a class and determine the extent and compass of an epoch, it is self-evident that they do this in its whole range, hence among other things rule also as thinkers, as producers of ideas, and regulate the production and distribution of the ideas of their age: thus their ideas are the ruling ideas of the epoch.”

‘Nuff said, brothers and sisters. But do make an effort to resist this nonsense.


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