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 revolutionary.
Warm regards
George Pennefather
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