But the theory of the vanguard is
predicated on Lenin's (false) assumption of an inherently revolutionary
working class - i.e. that if the working class is objectively revolutionary,
then the actions of the vanguard on their behalf - whether they consciously
want it or not - is the fulfillment of their historical role.
Strangely, this is also the
argument used by many rapists.
George: I agree that this this argument of
Hugh's does not hold any water which is just the point I have been seeking to
make. This thing of arguing that the working class is revolutionary whether it
knows it or not is illogical and amounts to saying that the prols are
revolutionary whether they like it or not or whether they want to be or not.
They are condemned, then, to being revolutionary. Now in the north of
Ireland there exists thousands upon thousand of workers who would describe
themselves as Protestant Unionists and who actively support British
imperialism together with the rampant and intense discrimination against
Catholic workers from the same geographical location. Many of these Protestant
workers are proud members of the reactionary Orange Order. These workers have
adhered to this reactionary counter-revolutionary culture for over a hundred
years. Such workers can hardly be described as inherently
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