proletariat

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Ostrinski explained the organization of the party, the machinery by which the proletariat was educating itself.
capital, is developed, in the same proportion is the proletariat, the modern working class, developed -- a class of labourers, who live only so long as they find work, and who find work only so long as their labour increases capital.
The proletariat has grown up outside the Church and without the Church.
The proletariat seem to me to be the minors of a nation, and ought to remain in a condition of tutelage.
He could see that she was vastly impressed by this vague talk, so he endorsed his pose by random insinuations concerning great wealth, and mentioned familiarly a few names that are handled reverently by the proletariat.
We are members of that intellectual proletariat, the increasing numbers of which mark in red lettering the last days of the nineteenth century.
They will exhaust themselves struggling against their proletariat.