The Marxist thesis has nothing to do with consciousness! This has been what I've been saying the whole time. It doesn't matter at what point such a "consciousness" exists or whether it exists at all. The bourgeoisie used humanism and divinely inspired reason as their slogans, they had no need of any purely class consciousness.
Marx also never refereed to capitalism as a "mechanism" or a machine, that language was reserved for the state, and for good reason. Once again, it is not a "concrete social mechanism" which applies such force to individuals, but the material necessity of production and the limited avenues of logic of a certain kind of production which force them to act as such. Bordiga is once again mistaking the abstract for the concrete, "the social mechanism" to the extent it exists is the abstraction of this material and logical reality, which is the concrete.
This isn't what we're debating, I only brought up struggle to show how absurd it was to define class only in terms of struggle. Class is defined by the economic condition, not struggle. This is what the debate has been about.
That is only knowable in post. For now, communism remains Marx's hypothesis. To test it, we must have a situation where the proletariat captures state power, and authentically so, without intermediaries of party whether formal or "material."
This is exactly what you're missing: the shared economic situation is exactly what compels class struggle towards the creation of new modes of production and modes of production. To impose some artificial "end point" arrived at via abstract thinking is to trip before the race has even started. One of the few errors of Marx was exactly this, believing that a "historical task" was anything but an ideal. No doubt the working class will have ideals, including possibly ideals of historical tasks. It will make no difference. We are compelled by necessity to adapt or die. If you have a situation where there is a class dictatorship and there is no purposeful push towards communism as Marx envisioned it, as I said before, that is a problem with his theory, not the working class.
And I'm afraid you're missing the point here. I'm not even talking about there what Marx said of the second glance, I'm saying Bordiga mischaracterized the first glance. Bordiga says nothing of revenue sources in the quote you made, only relative revenue, the vulgar understanding of class in most places today.
And you seem to completely miss the point of my critiques over and over again. Is it really that hard to understand that you can't, by defining class struggle as the movement towards communism, thusly define class as whoever wants communism the most? With a single stroke you've evaporated all that was scientific of your precious scientific socialism, you've decided on the conclusion before consulting the evidence and refuse to change it even after being exposed to it. You're not actually addressing any of my points here.
The central issue is this: Bordiga has made the unity of the party and its centralized power as his principle. He has done this by taking Marx's conclusion, that the proletariat will seize power and use that power to create communism and negate classes as such, and then removing the rest of Marx's argument for why they would do so. To Bordiga class only exists to the extent it struggles towards communism, and this is why he can advance an idea so ridiculous as that of the class party dictatorship, that this "material" party of those enlightened few communists, the experts, who will actually bring it into being in lieu of the working class themselves. Since to Bordiga, creating Communism is only a matter of implementing a program (and has nothing to do with the actual power of the proletariat) we see his true working class of highminded experts must be completely unified around this program. And here we have arrived at Organic Centralism. The ludicrous notion that we should trust a group of theoreticians with absolute power and they should not even be allowed to disagree with one another, philosopher_kings_2.0. They are the REAL working class after all.
As for me, I will put my trust in the masses.