I was reading the Smallest Minority this morning.
There's a classic Marxist dialectic for you: that some sort of inevitable march of history will cause a class warfare which can only break through into a true socialist paradise when conditions get so bad that the proletariat rebells violently against the bourgousie.
activists should work to sabotage and destroy the welfare system; the collapse of the welfare state would ignite a political and financial crisis that would rock the nation; poor people would rise in revolt; only then would "the rest of society" accept their demands.
In other words, Marx predicted Malthusian conditions and welcomed them as a precursor to tearing down the entire system of class privilege he saw around him in 1890s Germany. What he somehow couldn't see was a society *not built upon hereditary class* spontaneously evolving from capitalism and free markets. Such as we used to have here.
Patriotism really means trying to tear down the system by any means possible. gah.
The difference between theory and practice, is much greater in practice than in theory...