This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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The position of the proletariat

With all that has been said, how do we characterize the mass of modern workers who have undergone centuries of casteless intermingling and whose vocations have nothing whatsoever to do with their innate tendencies but could more accurately be described as the paid exercise of their limbs according to certain simple procedures, such as the bagging of groceries or the turning of a wrench?

In order to answer this question—the question of the worker—we have to make an important observation about the worker’s world by stating that is an entirely new creation resulting from the reversal of the traditional relationship between man and work, or man and the tools he used to accomplish his work. We can say that the tools of the trade were once subordinate to the tradesman in the sense that he not only owned but understood them and was in this sense the master of his domain, from the conception of a particular project to its completion. This is why he could also be described as a creator and an artist. In the modern context, the relationship is reversed and man is now dependent on his tools, he does not understand how they work, he does not ‘create.’ He tends to the machines, which do the creating, and he very often only has a partial understanding and a partial participation in the creation of anything. He is, as the saying goes, a cog, except that he is not even that—he is an observer of the cog whose role is to apply grease to it when necessary.

The result is that the tyranny of the machine has created a completely new type of human work and a completely new type of worker, and this is the proletariat, who cannot easily be characterized in terms of caste because caste revolves around human nature and the modern economy does not and cannot. When we speak of caste, we speak of man and what man is and what he needs in order to become more fully a man; when we speak of capitalism, socialism, and the proletariat, we speak of the creation of wealth, the paying of wages, and how man can be fitted into the machine-world.

What we are dealing with, then, is not a “human type” so much as an artificial creation. This does not necessarily mean that human needs will not be met within this context, but it guarantees that if they are not met, it will not matter or will not be noticed, and in fact the whole idea of ‘human work’ as opposed to ‘inhuman work’ or ‘sub-human work’ will not make any sense. Work that pays is worth doing, and anyone who says otherwise must be either an idealistic intellectual or a communist.

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