Quote by Ernest Mandel
The only conclusion you can draw from the real historical movement is that by and large, in day-to-day life, what Lenin called trade union consciousness dominates the working class. I would call it elementary class consciousness of the working class.
This quote suggests that the dominant consciousness among the working class is primarily driven by their immediate needs and concerns, as opposed to an in-depth understanding of the broader social, economic, and political dynamics. Lenin, a prominent Marxist thinker, referred to this consciousness as "trade union consciousness" or "elementary class consciousness." It implies that while the working class may possess some awareness of their class identity and issues, their focus tends to revolve around the daily struggles and conditions they face, rather than engaging in larger revolutionary or transformative ideas.