A passage of interest of mine in Leisure The Basis of Culture is on page 56 where Plato describes what the meanings of proletariat and deproletarianization are. The passage sparked my curiosity as I continued to read Plato’s explanation of what both meant.
The context of the passage consists of Plato describing the work of a proletariat and how a proletariat compares to a poor man as well as a description of the origins of the proletariat.
This passage caught my attention, because I found it interesting how Plato contrasted the differences between the proletariat and the poor man. He stated that a man can be poor without being a proletariat even though he is sometimes a beggar and that a proletariat is not necessarily poor. Plato also stated that a worker in a totalitarian work state is considered a proletarian. What also caught my attention to this passage was how Plato also linked the term proletariat to the phrase “process of work.” Plato states that “process of work” means useful work that contributes to the need of the public and that even if someone is propertied or unpropertied that they are still a proletarian as they are all bound by a totalitarian state. Overall Plato’s description of the proletariat was very intriguing as it made me think deeper about what a “process of work” really is and what a totalitarian work state truly is.