Sunday August 12th 2012 Tim
I think the word 'lumpen'
came to the English language during that time in European history when a
significant proportion of the populace responded to tribulation by
deciding society was scientifically comprehensible. And those who could
not be bothered with this revelation were quite clearly just that
little bit set in their ways. Around one hundred and fifty years
ago Marx gave the wonderful name 'lumpen-proletariat' to vagrants,
criminals and the unemployed. Such individualists comprised an
underclass of people who had somehow avoided developing what he thought
of as the consciousness of those with nothing beyond their labor to
sell. 'Proletariat' was the Roman word for those without property.
emerged as the polite, or perhaps more scientific way, to reference the 'macht hungrig
scheisse kopfe' or Job Creators of their day. This property owning
class comprised the middle, or perhaps mercantile, and upper classes.
This class of people, the theory predicted, would become smaller and smaller
in number as power gravitated into increasingly corrupt and, fewer and
fewer hands. 'Lumpen-bourgeoisie' was also a class considered way too
self absorbed to care much about the historical inevitability of Kapital's
decay, nor had they the necessary consciousness to conceive of a fairer and more just, or equitable, distribution of
wealth. Of course bourgeois too, can also mean 'incredibly
boring and wholly predictable.'