[OPE-L] The conservative ideology of 'under-classes'

From: Jurriaan Bendien (adsl675281@TISCALI.NL)
Date: Sat Dec 02 2006 - 07:27:36 EST

Yes exactly. There has been discussion about this on and off in various
German periodicals including Die Zeit. But the controversy not limited to
Germany, it occurs in most West European countries and indeed in the USA.
The "underclass" is sort of like "the enemy within", along with
"Islamofascists" and "darkies" sponging off the state. It feeds into status
anxiety, and provides a way of negatively reinforcing class position. It is
also part of a biological-racist theme, i.e. some people are just trash, and
we need not have any sympathy or understanding for their condition, nor
associate with them, indeed that would be wrong.

Ernest Mandel mentioned an extreme example with reference to Brazil:

"In the north of Brazil, there is a new race of pygmies which has arisen,
with an average height 35 centimetres less than the average inhabitant of
Brazil. The way the bourgeois ruling class and its ideologues characterise
these people is to call them rat people. This characterisation is completely
dehumanising, reminiscent of the Nazis, and has very sinister implications.
You know what is done to rats."


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