CPB::I. ¿Qué puede ser hoy un marxismo ortodoxo::2. Marx, los marxistas, nosotros::d. Marx y nosotros::03/en

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The second major alteration is the objective increase, both in absolute terms and in a relative sense, of consumption levels and living standards in important sectors of the world population, particularly precisely among workers integrated into the more dynamics branches of highly technological production. Just the workers of the most dynamic sectors of production, ie, those who may eventually take over and dominate the social division of labor, no longer have "only their chains to lose", an issue that substantially alters the calculations that may be made about their political choices. It is true that never in history there were so many poor, as poor as now. But more significant than this, and that is constantly ignored by the Marxist calculation, is that never before in history, on the other hand, so many people had such high and sustained living standards,and broad prospects for growth, as now. And this is a powerful stabilizing force in politics, which defies all attempts of radical thought.