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Marx


Woohoo, Marx is cool again

Marx is making a comeback?  Yes friends please read this bit of propaganda  (beside the nonsense put forward by the “Marxist thinkers” – wait, isn’t that an oxymoron?):

…The Communist Manifesto: "What the bourgeoisie therefore produces, above all, are its own grave-diggers. Its fall and the victory of the proletariat are equally inevitable."

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Today, 164 years after Marx and Engels wrote about grave-diggers, the truth is almost the exact opposite. The proletariat, far from burying capitalism, are keeping it on life support. Overworked, underpaid workers ostensibly liberated by the largest socialist revolution in history (China’s) are driven to the brink of suicide to keep those in the west playing with their iPads. Chinese money bankrolls an otherwise bankrupt America.

The irony is scarcely wasted on leading Marxist thinkers. "The domination of capitalism globally depends today on the existence of a Chinese Communist party that gives de-localised capitalist enterprises cheap labour to lower prices and deprive workers of the rights of self-organisation," says Jacques Rancière, the French marxist thinker and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII. "Happily, it is possible to hope for a world less absurd and more just than today’s."

Can anyone spot the elephant NOT in the room?  No? 

What is missing in this supposed formula of disaster in the West?  Why Western government profligacy usually driven by what?  Social welfare programs.   And they’ve produced what?.  Unsustainable debt.  Unsustainable spending.  Crony capitalism.  Etc.

What happened in the West wasn’t, as the left keeps trying so hard to claim, a matter of capitalism or free markets going bad (or unchecked, or unregulated, or, well you name it).

What happened was mostly a product of crony capitalism, much of the problem driven by government policy.  Because of that collusion all the warning signs a market would have sent were paved over or ignored.  It was as much a problem of government policy driving perverse incentives as “greed”.   Greece did not happen because of capitalism.  And, frankly, neither was what happened here a result of capitalism.  Not, at least, as anyone who knows what the word means would define it.

So the real irony is that where a country begins to let markets work as they should – note the word “begins” – it sees rapid and incredible growth as well as spreading prosperity.  That would be China.  And the fact that China is still a Communist country doesn’t at all mean their “socialism with Chinese characteristics” is the reason they’re doing well economically (as they’ll find out soon enough when their bubble bursts).

Mostly, in China’s case, it was a matter of timing, which, by the way, is beginning to turn on them.  Some of the industries that settled in China are looking or locating in India (which, for lack of a better term, is about to become the “new China”).

Why?  Because the prosperity that China has enjoyed because it was well positioned to take advantage of the global markets at the time has driven expectations in China up exponentially.  That means demands for higher wages and better benefits.  That means a higher cost of doing business which will eventually see China priced out of certain markets and industries it now enjoys some exclusivity in.

That’s capitalism and my guess is the Chinese will do everything in their totalitarian power to fight it and thereby hold back the progress of their people.  That’s  how socialism/communism works.

So let Marx make a comeback.  As with most of these periodic absurd paeans to socialism that usually begin in academia, what is always, always, always swept under the rug is that Marxism in its various forms last century was the cause of the following deaths:

Given those numbers (by the way I think the Latin American numbers are low, especially if they include Cuba), it still boggles the mind that somehow there exist out there people who claim to be “Marxist thinkers” and that anyone takes them seriously or, in fact, gives them the time of the day.

It reminds me of the Che chic.  The elevation of a sociopathic mass murderer to cult revolutionary status.  The Horst Wessel of Communism. 

A man who spent much of his time executing helpless prisoners (to include kids) has been scrubbed by people much like the “Marxist thinkers” above to be reborn as some ideal revolutionary.  But under that veneer, he still remains a sociopathic mass murderer  that was bent on achieving the totalitarian subjugation of the people of Cuba and anywhere else he could spread his “Marxist revolution”.

That’s precisely what you’re seeing with the nonsense about Marx being reborn.  A new paint job on the same old totalitarian killing machine.  It makes you wonder about the intellectual heft of those who would, once again, fall for the false promises of an ideology which has proven its bankruptcy with the lives of over 90+ million people.

But they’re out there.