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P. Thompson, The Making 0/ the English Working Class,(Vintage, 1966), p. 9. Ehrenreichs 11 From our point of view, a class (as opposed to a stratum or other social grouping) is defined by two major characteristics: 1 . At all times in its historical development, a class is characterized by a common relation to the economic foundations of society-the means of production and the socially organized patterns of distribution and consumption. g. 1O Class is defined by actual relations between groups of people, not formal relations between people and objects.

Simons and William Ghent were editors and journalists; and even Eugene Debs spent only four years as a railroad worker, the rest of his pre-socialist life being spent as billing clerk for the largest wholesale grocer in the Midwest, as elected town clerk of Terre Haute, and as editor of a labor-union paper. Cf. Philip Foner, History of the Labor Movement in the United States, Vol. 391 ; Ira Kipnis, The American Socialist Movement, 1897- 1912 (Monthly Review Press, 1 972), pp. 1 73- 1 77, 306-307, 3 1 2; David A.

1 73- 1 77, 306-307, 3 1 2; David A. Shannon, The Socialist Party of America (Quadrangle, 1 967), pp. 53-54; James Weinstein, The Decline of Socialism in America (Monthly Review Press, 1 967), pp. 79-83. Ehrenreichs 25 In fact, socialism, as articulated by the pre-World War I Socialist Party, was frequently not far from the PMC's technocratic vision. Socialism meant government of the ownership of the means of produc­ tion (which would still be administered by experts) and expansion of government social services (which would still be supplied by profess­ ionals-or "intellectual proletarians," as Hillquit called them).

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