I’m re-reading a novel where one of the minor themes is talking about Marxist/Socialist thought in the 20’s and 30’s. One thing struck me during one of the character discussions and I realized that it might be interesting to see if there is an answer and what that answer might mean.
Anyway, thoughts then questions. In the book, and in my own recollections of early Communist/Marxist though, the middle class was thought of on the side of the enemy of ‘the people!’…though of course they weren’t the TRUE enemy, just part of the enemy camp I suppose. The People™ weren’t composed of the middle class, they were almost exclusively made up of the workers (and peasants, etc etc).
First, is this a fair assessment of old school Communist/Socialist thought from that time period? Was the ‘middle class’ considered in the enemy camp? Comes the revolution would their backs have been against the wall as well as those rich capitalist pig-dog types? Secondly, assuming that assessment is accurate, has the battlefield shifted in the whole class struggle war? Has the ‘middle class’ somehow shifted sides (at least as far as modern Communist/Socialist thought…at least here in the west)? Are they now considered part of the ‘people’? Finally, if so…why? Why did this come about? When did it come about?
I realize there aren’t to many old school (or even new school) Communist or Socialist types still kicking about, but I’m hoping some 'dopers have some thoughts on this. I have my own thoughts on it, why it happened and what it means, but I’m more interested in hearing what others think on this.
Thanks in advance for any answers!