The Lumpy Prole

by Eubie on September 8, 2013

We’re getting a bit ahead of ourselves. Tomorrow’s tip includes an attempt at cleverness by punning, eggcorning, neologizing or some such word play of the word ‘lumpenproletariat‘ (we’ll leave you to discover it when the tip comes out tomorrow morning). Of course, this led us to a bit of Internet investigating to see exactly how Karl Marx and Fred Engels defined this famous commie class of untouchables. What we discovered over at Wikipedia seemed a rather appropriate definition for unrepentant bachelors generally, and so we offer it up to you now. Without further ado:

“In The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon (1852), Marx gives this description of the lumpenproletariat:

‘Alongside decayed roués with dubious means of subsistence and of dubious origin, alongside ruined and adventurous offshoots of the bourgeoisie, were vagabonds, discharged soldiers, discharged jailbirds, escaped galley slaves, swindlers, mountebankslazzaroni, pickpockets, tricksters, gamblers, maquereaux [pimps], brothel keepers, porters, literatiorgan grinders, ragpickers, knife grinders, tinkers, beggars — in short, the whole indefinite, disintegrated mass, thrown hither and thither, which the French call la bohème.'”
The Bohemian! (as an added info bonus, the French now refer to the original group of folk giving birth to this term–the Romani People–as Minorités Ethniques Non-Sédentarisées [Traveling Ethnic Minorities] or MENS)

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