Australian Left Review

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The Working Class Today


Denis Skiotis


"WORKERS, INTELLECTUALS AND MARXISM”, A. W. Rudkin’s discussion article in ALR No. 3, 1969, was like a breath of fresh air in the stale atmosphere of exclusiveness which some inverted snobs try to perpetuate in the working class movement. What these people do is to label a section of the population “intellectuals” (whatever they mean by this term) and then proceed to declare that these “intellectuals” are bound to play a very secondary role, if they arc to play one at all, in the movement. Their zeal in defending the “class purity" of the movement knows no limits, and if challenged they can always produce a string of quotations from the marxist classics as their trump card.



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