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red_pepper wrote

Embourgeoisement thesis. The collective action of unions created the middle class, but the middle class itself has no revolutionary potential. As more workers are incorporated into the middle-class there is decreased class consciousness and declining working class solidarity. The unions have become victims of their own success. They enabled workers to own private property, invest in the market, save for retirement, acquire cheap credit, purchase cheap commodities produced by third-world and prison labor, ect. These days they have no interest in socialism, or even modest capitalist reforms, because they are themselves beneficiaries of capitalism. They pulled up the ladder behind them.

I'm sure plenty of leftists have noticed this problem. Yet, so many leftists continue to have uncritical support of middle class workers and first-world unions, and are caught off guard when those workers and unions seemingly act against their class interest.