Déjà vu, déjà entendu [20]

  • 중산층 미스테리 (11 December 2011)
  • RT @kfc “(blank) voting for (blank) is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders.” #JokesToRetire (15 September 2011)
  • RT @EternalDago Help I don’t know if I’m working class. My labor generates profit for my employer from which I am given only a fixed portion as a wage, but sometimes I type on a computer (12 November 2021)
  • Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”
    — As quoted in A Short History of Progress (2004) by Ronald Wright: “John Steinbeck once said that socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” This has since been cited as a direct quote by some, but the remark is very likely a paraphrase from Steinbeck’s article “A Primer on the ’30s.” Esquire (June 1960), p.85-93:
    “Except for the field organizers of strikes, who were pretty tough monkeys and devoted, most of the so-called Communists I met were middle-class, middle-aged people playing a game of dreams. I remember a woman in easy circumstances saying to another even more affluent: ‘After the revolution even we will have more, won’t we, dear?’ Then there was another lover of proletarians who used to raise hell with Sunday picnickers on her property.
    […] I guess the trouble was that we didn’t have any self-admitted proletarians. Everyone was a temporarily embarrassed capitalist. Maybe the Communists so closely questioned by the investigation committees were a danger to America, but the ones I knew — at least they claimed to be Communists — couldn’t have disrupted a Sunday-school picnic. Besides they were too busy fighting among themselves.”

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