I've seen the ICC use the term petite bourgeoisie in it's literature more than a few times now, in it's discussions of fascism, nationalism, various revolutionary situations, etc. but I've found it hard to locate a concise outlining of what the term exactly means to the ICC.
According to the US census in the United States there were 27.9 million small businesses with 18,500 of them having 500 employees or more and of course small businesses make up almost 100% of all firms in the US. In the UK, 24.3 million people depend on small businesses for income.
That's quite a large amount and while many of those people are without question selling their labor for subsistence there are surely a good number of people from those statistics who are contract workers, small scale merchants and farmers.
The reason I brought this up is in regard to the whole 99% vs 1% slogan when clearly there are a lot of grey areas. I often wonder how much this group of people actually effects the operations of the state and democracy, etc. People like small business owners and also people selling their labor and still living very comfortably seem to be the most engaged in the "democratic" process, the ones most likely to vote, the ones most likely to have an "informed" opinion about the news and current events, "politics", etc.
How do these things factor in to the current social and economic situation, especially in terms of these violent social upheavals we've been seeing which have been basically amounting to bad news for the working class all the way around; from Occupy to Egypt to Greece to Syria to Ukraine, etc.?