The lower strata of the middle class — the small trades people, shopkeepers, and professionals are being abandoned. Some, the “upper crust and aristocrats of high paid labour”, are among them. Many of whom have sunk down, partly because of their relatively small amounts of capital. They are not wanted anymore. They have been ditched from the circles of the privileged billionaire class. Their specialised skill is rendered worthless by the re-organisers. They have been “cut out by the cuts”, losing their status and in some cases authority. If they have not been made redundant they are at least threatened in their conditions of existence. Some lose their houses, their expensive cars and have to give up on expensive clothing and status symbols. Many feel totally degraded. Some become permanently unemployed or accept menial jobs. Whichever capitalist they turn to for salvation, they are refused entry into the elite. Lackeys are discarded, backs are turned upon them as they become surplus to requirement or services have been rendered.
Of all the classes that stand face to face with the capitalist today, the working class alone is a really revolutionary class. The lower middle class, the small manufacturer, the shopkeeper and the abandoned professionals all these are to fight against capitalism to save from extinction their existence as fractions of the middle class. They tend to be conservative or even reactionary because in some cases they try to roll back the wheel of history. If by chance, they are revolutionary, they are only so in view of their impending transfer into the working class; they are looking after their future interests and take the workers’ standpoint. Many of the middle strata, therefore, ask to be accepted into the forever solid working class, a class they have previously abandoned when they have aspired and attempted to join the capitalists. In these precarious and revolutionary situations the middle strata who have vacillated between the capitalist and working class has to finally settle behind the working class. There is only dignity in labour and only the working class can fight for and maintain that dignity.