Friday, July 06, 2012

Look out you rock and rollers: Marxism is on the rise again?

Thank you, Free-Market capitalism, for this.

Why Marxism is on the rise again | World news | The Guardian

Class conflict once seemed so straightforward. Marx and Engels wrote in the second best-selling book of all time, 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." (The best-selling book of all time, incidentally, is the Bible – it only feels like it's 50 Shades of Grey.)
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."

2 comments:

Kevin Scheunemann said...

"Marxist thinkers"?

What next with your hilarious sense of humor? If it was absurdity you were going for, I got some other suggestions for absurdity:

"Christian abortionist"

"Useful philosophy degree"

Or

"Godly athiest"

Marxist thinkers...that was a good one! That one will make me chuckle for days.

Mpeterson said...

You left out

"Healthy Fast Food."

You know, you've never given any indication that you understand anything Marx said -- or Jesus, for that matter. All I've ever seen from you is the ability to cough up Ayn Rand and whatever Fox News and Mark Belling said last week. You were a lot smarter when you were still facing down authority -- in your anti-cruising days, say.

What was it that made you so sour about everything, and especially about ideas like social justice? Why did you trade those ideals for this gilded selfishness?