John Reimann: ‘Lack of a Working Class Political Party: A Deafening Roar’

John Reimann at the North Star:

Sometimes when I was working in construction I’d be working right by an air compressor – one of those giant ones that makes a continual thunderous roar. The noise would be so loud and continuous that after awhile you wouldn’t even hear it, you wouldn’t be aware of it anymore…. until the compressor was turned off. Then — ahh, what a relief!

That is what the roar of the historical absence of a mass working class political party is like.

That thunderous roar is so loud and constant that most workers never really “hear” it; they aren’t aware of it. But this absence is what explains much of the confusion, including outright racist and reactionary thinking, among many US workers. It has a lot to do with the lack of the working class as a cohesive political force in the US.

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