Person who wrote this: I don’t think that means what you think it means. The word you’re most likely looking for is bourgeoisie, which traditionally has been used to represent the owners of production, but actually means middle class. Bourgeoise itself *is* actually a word, and it means a female constituent of the bourgeoisie.
It should be noted that the meaning of this word when used in the Communist Manifesto is very different to the modern conception of the idea of classes. These days, the term middle class generally refers to incomes at or around the mean or median income, to those neither rich nor poor; to those not necessarily suffering, but not necessarily prospering either.
It’s an interesting observation in how society and language change - at one time the discussion was about who controls or owns what, and the lie was that people needed somebody to order them around.
Now the lie is that we will be able to climb up if we put in enough effort and earn enough money (which we never can, because the rich fleece us in all our attempts to rise, money running in the modern society to the highest bidder, who already has plenty).
He/She also probably meant to say “means” not modes of production (modes being the way by which production occurs as opposed to that which is used to produce, but this is IMHO enough of a truism that I’ll simply point this out and let it be). Otherwise, agreed.
For the proletariat!
TL;DR: If you’re going to use big words, use them correctly.

I beg that you forgive my pedantry in relation to word choice.

Person who wrote this: I don’t think that means what you think it means. The word you’re most likely looking for is bourgeoisie, which traditionally has been used to represent the owners of production, but actually means middle class. Bourgeoise itself *is* actually a word, and it means a female constituent of the bourgeoisie.

It should be noted that the meaning of this word when used in the Communist Manifesto is very different to the modern conception of the idea of classes. These days, the term middle class generally refers to incomes at or around the mean or median income, to those neither rich nor poor; to those not necessarily suffering, but not necessarily prospering either.

It’s an interesting observation in how society and language change - at one time the discussion was about who controls or owns what, and the lie was that people needed somebody to order them around.

Now the lie is that we will be able to climb up if we put in enough effort and earn enough money (which we never can, because the rich fleece us in all our attempts to rise, money running in the modern society to the highest bidder, who already has plenty).

He/She also probably meant to say “means” not modes of production (modes being the way by which production occurs as opposed to that which is used to produce, but this is IMHO enough of a truism that I’ll simply point this out and let it be). Otherwise, agreed.

For the proletariat!

TL;DR: If you’re going to use big words, use them correctly.


I beg that you forgive my pedantry in relation to word choice.

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