"Laws: we know what they are, and what they are worth! They are spider webs for the rich and mighty, steel chains for the poor and weak, fishing nets in the hands of government."
- Pierre Joseph Proudhon (via difference-is-happy)
"… far too much theoretical attention (much of it plainly a-historical) has been paid to “class,” and far too little to “class-struggle.” Indeed, class-struggle is the prior, as well as the more universal concept. To put it bluntly: classes do not exist as separate entities, look around, find an enemy class, and then start to struggle. On the contrary, people find themselves in a society structured in determined ways (crucially, but not exclusively, in production relations), they experience exploitation (or the need to maintain power over those whom they exploit), they identify points of antagonistic interest, they commence a struggle around these issues and in the process of struggling they discover themselves as classes, they come to know this discovery as class-consciousness. Class and class-consciousness are always the last, not the first, stage in the real historical process."
- EP Thompson (via class-struggle-anarchism)
"The irony of capitalist reproduction is that it must assure the continued reproduction of the living subject…. What a vision: capital, living in everlasting fear of losing control over the hostile class it has brought into existence!"
- in Marx Beyond Marx by Antonio Negri (via whatijustread)