Friday, February 27, 2009

More about working class consciousness

This is just a filler post. I really need to find the time to talk about working class consciousness and why it's not just about the money.

If you are lucky enough to be a member of the twue wurkn klas, you need to sign on to a couple of ideas that are not the stuff of popular culture.

You need to decide that the real heroes of this world are not the Donald Trump type, but the people whose names you never know who go deep into the bowels of this planet and carve out the coal that makes this blog posssible. You need to look at the folks who build the furniture, mold the steel and pave the roads that make our day to day lives livable.

You need to decide that all this glorification of rich people and professionals and academics would be NOTHING if there weren't people who go down into the mines, who line up at the factories, who step up to the registers and do all the various and mundane things that make our lives possible.

Why does our literature fail to acknowledge the power that is created when everyday people clock into every jobs? Is there anything more glorious than this?

I have met one or two writers who truly tap into that reality and they are precious to me.


Donna said...

It really can't be about income alone, because part of the working class is unionized workers who generally earn more than their non-union counterparts, and sometimes even more than white collar management. That's a goal of working class consciousness, to ensure that everyone makes a living wage, has health care, has a pension, etc. I think it's more about seeing us all in this together, instead of the individual, "I got mine Jack!"

whatsername said...

Definitely not just about income!