Social and Sexual Revolution: Essays on Marx and Reich

Social and Sexual Revolution: Essays on Marx and Reich

Social and Sexual Revolution: Essays on Marx and Reich

Social and Sexual Revolution: Essays on Marx and Reich

Synopsis

The author of Alienation extends his original approach to social theory in this discussion of Marx's view of socialism, class analysis, and the problem of socialist consciousness, and Wilhelm Reich's contributions to the psychology of social change.

Excerpt

"In 1975 there were 39 million workers in the "prime" 25 to 44 age bracket. . . . In 1990, there are expected to be 60.5 million workers in this bracket." The New York Times, which recently provided these striking statistics, also quoted a number of "experts" who predict that this extraordinary bulge in the most active and demanding section of the labor force will bring in its train a great intensification of industrial conflict. There aren't enough jobs to go around now, certainly not enough well paying and interesting jobs. A continuing capitalist slump together with further progress in automation is likely to exacerbate this situation. How will the Vietnam generation and their slightly younger brothers and sisters--people familiar with anti-war agitation, Watergate corruption, civil rights struggles and other tradition bending and authority breaking activities--react to the terrible frustration of their expectations that is likely to result? Will this worsening situation lead to class consciousness on a mass scale? On the answer to this question, perhaps more than to any other, depends the future of a socialist United States in this decade.

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