It turns out that class-consciousness is not automatic.

Countries with less urbanization and lower political polarization see the left-right political divide decoupled more from the class divide.

The following list of factors describes the US well.

statmodeling.stat.columbia.edu/2007/02/27/why…
While not all of these factors can be easily changed or should not be changed at all, political polarization can be consciously affected.

We must seek to polarize politics even further if we want more class-consciousness.

Trump might have unwittingly benefited the left.
Sounds brutal, and I would agree, but political polarization may just be a necessary evil.

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22 Feb
Another reason social democracy must resolutely advocate socialism.

Not only is it basic social-democratic ideology and history, but also because private capital uses its power to undermine equality.

We'll never truly succeeded if we have hostile classes competing with us.
To seal off a new era in humanity's social development, the previous structure has to go.

The bourgeoisie succeeded in their mission to create liberal democracy, civil liberties, free trade etc. because they eliminated the hostile aristocracy, the previous ruling class.
The bourgeoisie pushed to repeal the Corn Laws in 1846, which had the effect of liquidating the land-owning aristocracy and making the bourgeoisie the unchallenged masters of the present civilization.

Social democracy needs to take a queue from them.
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20 Feb
Medicare-for-all meaningfully advances socialist goals.

It extends the principle of, ''from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs'' to healthcare distribution.

What Marx meant by that was free access to the articles of consumption or de-commodification.
Although under socialism the principle of ''from each according to his ability...'' cannot be totalized and commodity production and exchange still exists for the most part, essential services and goods can be de-commodified in accordance with this principle.
The commodity exchange done away with for these goods and services, prices will no longer act as impediment for people to fulfill their needs and nor will there be a severe maldistribution of resources, hence ''from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.''
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15 Feb
This is a very good point when people on the left contemplate the old ''communist'' regimes.

Without democracy, you have a very bastardized and limited socialism. Ownership by a state being ''socialistic'' depends crucially on the degree to which that state is representative.
The USSR was socialistic in the sense the profits industry were socially distributed through welfare and that class differences were minimal.

But it was not socialistic in the sense that it allowed social wealth to be managed democratically and the rule of class diminished.
If we to call the USSR completely socialist, we would essentially have to concede to the argument that ''socialism is when the government does stuff, and when it does a lot of stuff that is communism.''

This should be assessed on a spectrum.
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14 Feb
1/2 Abolishing political parties would be bad.

Its guaranteed to produce conservative outcomes.

All the places that historically lacked or do lack political parties (Confederate States, Gulf states etc.) are reactionary or authoritarian states. Its a de-facto one-party state.
If you abolish political parties, you don't abolish political orientation or benefit left-wing causes if that is what you are into.

Politics reverts to the default ideology of the status quo society.

This is why George Washington didn't want political parties.
Washington was afraid of so-called ''radicals'' (aka what we call leftists today) and that political parties would encourage the ''passion'' of the people or citizenry. (democratic political movements)
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13 Feb
That automation and capital income study that recently released in NBER has a very useful dataset about income and wage growth over the previous decades for different parts of the income distribution:

nber.org/system/files/w…
Explanation:
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13 Feb
@MouthyInfidel @pseudocia I think ''proletariat'' is sometimes a bit wonky.

''Bourgeoisie'' is fine, in a sense. I prefer to say ''owners of capital'' or ''capital owners,'' but the trem ''bourgeoisie'' represents those owners ideologically, referring to the term bourgeois liberalism.
@MouthyInfidel @pseudocia ''Proletariat'' should be dropped, mostly.

''Bourgeoisie'' is very clunky and inelegant term, which is why ''owners of capital'' is better. I guess it makes sense only when you are speaking about more ideological and philosophical particulars.
@MouthyInfidel @pseudocia ''Means of production'' may also be very wonky, so ''capital,'' ''wealth,'' ''property'' ''product'' (as in product of the nation or product of labor) may also work.
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