(n) 1. A section of the population in capitalist society that is deprived of a role in production.

(n) 2. The most impoverished section in capitalist society comprising mostly of vagrants, vagabonds, criminals, welfare recipients, drug addicts, etc.

(n) 3. A non-revolutionary current in capitalist society, in Marxist terms.

A socialist revolution could never come from the lumpenproletariat due to the fact that they have no stake in production.
by Damien E November 03, 2007

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