Intro: What is petty cartography?

You are probably familiar with the idea of six degrees of separation, which says that “because we are all linked by chains of acquaintance, you are just six introductions away from any other person on the planet.” It is apparently proven by Microsoft. You’re also probably familiar with the saying “it’s a small world” and have maybe experienced this yourself. Are all people equally six degrees apart from each other?

It’s been pointed out that people in American politics and media are often from wealthy backgrounds. Indeed, they are. But they’re not just from wealthy backgrounds: they’re connected. They are all connected to each other, far too closely for it to be a coincidence. They and their families and friends are much, much more closely connected to each other than to the average working class person who lives in flyover country. It can’t be a coincidence, and it isn’t. They form a class.

They are the bourgeoisie. They are the bourgeoisie, and the petty bourgeoisie. And there are, understandably, many people who want to join them. It’s one thing to strive for capitalist gains transparently; it’s quite another to do so under the guise of being some kind of Communist revolutionary or “radical Left” leader. This blog will largely be about that latter group of people: the petit bourg climbers, careerists, opportunists, shills and infiltrators of the American “Left.” There is absolutely no shortage of them. We usually find them striving for clout, influence and/or money in media big and small, and in Socialist and Communist organizations mostly full of well-intentioned people who are being led disastrously astray.

Petty cartography is an attempt to document and map the actions and connections of those petit bourgeois who wreak endless havoc among the working class movement. I hope this will help us get to the bottom of those evil forces that have successfully destroyed all genuinely Marxist and anti-Imperialist movements and groups in the United $tates.

I can be reached at pettycartography (at) gmail (dot) com.

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