Sweet and Sour Notes

Sweet and Sour Notes

On Workers and Intellectuals

The working class is a social presence; the proletariat, a historical potential. No one can question the place of the workers in the industrialized countries: their politics, their role in the work process, their ways of life. They exist, they constitute a distinctive class, they are a force. But the proletariat as agent of revolution—this remains a problem, an enigma, perhaps a delusion. For some it is still an indestructible hope; for others a burned-out disappointment.

The working class is a reality, the proletariat an idea. The reality occupies physical and social space, the idea survives in the minds of intellectuals. Surviving in the minds of intellectuals can sometimes ...

Socialist thought provides us with an imaginative and moral horizon.

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