When I saw my title I immediately thought of the John Lennon song, “Working Class Hero”…not one of his most famous songs but, in my opinion, it was his best!
I see my friend and loyal reader over at Spinny Liberal (my blogroll will get you her site…visit often) beat me to the punch or maybe it is just great minds think alike….
Years ago when I was much younger I was asked to participate in a scholars conference on the campus of the Univ. of Louisville….I was asked because I had lectured on the shortcomings in the theory of non-violent action….I was not a big hit because most of the academics that were there were big admirers of Gandhi, King, et al….and thought that they had changed the world….my point was that these people set stuff into motion but it was the people that actually made their goals happen…I take nothing away from those that I criticized…… very brave and influential people…..anyway I was asked simply because even though I was educated I worked at blue collar jobs and the panel wanted a different perspective and I was introduced as a “blue collar intellectual”…at first I was uneasy with that title but as the conference moved along I became rather fond of it……I really got a hateful reception when I accused my fellow panel members of neglect…..I said that NO change will come from the bottom up because the academics and intellectuals talk to each other and not the people….they spend their time writing and talking with colleagues, using terminology that the average person has No idea what they are talking about….and because of that disconnect the average person basically ignores them as much as possible…..and that most people do not walking around with a Thesaurus in their pockets……..as you can see….I was not that popular of a speaker (but I got over it)……and after years and years of research and activism….not much has changed….the people still do not understand much of what the so-called intellectuals have to say…..Intellectuals and academics seem to lack passion, they have plenty to say in their writings, but they lack the fire of passion for what they say or write….and there is the major disconnect they have with the people they try to influence……
I tell this tale because of a recent test I took I found on a site listed on my blogroll, Plutocrap (go to right of site click on the site and visit) and after it was tallied up I was a “Working Class Warrior” and I guess that pretty much goes with the title I got decades ago….You are a Working Class Warrior, also known as a blue-collar Democrat. You believe that the little guy is getting screwed by conservative greed-mongers and corporate criminals, and you’re not going to take it anymore. (So says the quiz at the top of the post)…..
I have almost always called myself a “radical progressive”…..by the classical definition of both, not some PC terminology…….radical meaning….political orientation of those who favor revolutionary change in government and society and progressive meaning……political orientation of those who favor progress toward better conditions in government and society….and the word revolutionary does NOT imply armed conflict, just a new way of thinking and acting….
There is NOTHING progressive about the current administration of Obama and at best…. it is a bit liberal….but in rhetoric only…..the change you voted for is NOT gonna happen…..
If you would like to see what your title would be if you would like one (and we all like an ego boost every now and then)…..take the test at the top of the page and see what type of progressive or liberal or whatever you would like to call yourself….it is a short and easy test and will take not much more than 5 minutes to take…try it, you will like it!