The notion that there is a New Class in our society—”class” for large groups like owners or workers; “new” because Marx did not include it in his grand schema—is an idea that has arrived. After nearly a century of episodic and heated discussion, it has arrived, here in America, in perfect disarray.
The discussion of this concept was undertaken almost entirely within the socialist movement: most particularly, between disappointed thinkers on the way out and the regular fellows remaining to tend the flame. Today, the idea of a nonowning but privileged class has a special resonance in the East....
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