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Proletariat are wage earners, manual workers or peasants, whom socialists view as being without property and thus, under capitalism, at the mercy of employers. Proletarians are to be distinguished from: (1) The bourgeois or merchants, employers and white collar workers, and (2) The nobility and landed gentry.[1]


  1. Percy L. Greaves, Jr. "Mises Made Easier ", 1974. Referenced 2014-08-20.