The working class is a class of immigrants

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Fred
The working class is a class of immigrants
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The article "Only one other world is possible: communism"  written by Jens in 2004, contains quantities of really good and inspiring ideas  including descriptions of what society might be like freed at last from all the inhibitions and distortions of capitalism. 

It also deals with problems issuing from present day society. And,  given the current obsession of many political leaders with the issue of immigration, even more a hot issue now than it was in 2004  - how to stop it; how national economies can't manage without it; how to control and utilize it for capitalist purposes; how effectively to divide immigrants up into the legal and the illegal and set them against each other and the "home" population they are supposedly invading;. how to control them and their  movements so they don't threaten stability and how to use "immigration the problem" as an electoral tool (witness the antics of David Cameron and UKIP in the run-up to election year or Obama's efforts to somehow legitimize aspects of the unacceptable) - provides an analysis of immigration from a working class viewpoint. 

 

Jens wrote:
. Another fundamental characteristic of the working class lies in the movement and mixing of populations to answer the needs of capitalist production. "The workers have no country" as the Manifesto said, not only because they possess no property but because they are always at the mercy of capital and its demands for labour power. The working class is, by nature, a class of immigrants. To see this, we only look at the population in any major industrialised town: the streets are full of men and women from every corner of the globe. But the same is true even in the under-developed countries: in the Ivory Coast, many of the agricultural workers are Burkinabé, South African miners come from all over the country but also from Zimbabwe and Botswana, workers in the Persian Gulf come from India, Palestine, or the Philippines, in Indonesia there are millions of foreign workers in the factories. This reality of working class existence - which prefigures the mixing of populations that we spoke of earlier - demonstrates the futility of the ideal dear to anarchists and democrats of the defence of a local or regional "community". To take just one example: what can Scottish nationalism possibly have to offer to the working class in Scotland, composed in part of Asian immigrants? Nothing, obviously. The only real community that the workers who have been ripped from their roots can find, is the planetary community that they will build after the revolution.
 

Ah yes! The planetary community that workers will build after the revolution.  That'll be the day!