Have you ever wondered why so many hippies, anarchists and other social misfits just love ’em some Marx? I have, too. What is the attraction? What is it about Marx and Lenin that so enthralls and captures the imagination of the radical Left and the socially-challenged?
Despite the failures and crimes of communism, and the 100 million killed by Marxist regimes in the Twentieth Century–not to mention the millions tortured, exiled and imprisoned–Marxist apologists routinely blame “unforeseen historical circumstances” as the reason why the utopian workers’ paradise never materialized on planet Earth–quite the opposite. The rabid left-wing elites inexplicably insist, “It just hasn’t been done correctly, yet … it’s still a noble ideal worth fighting for.”
Definition of Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different and unique result each and every time …
Recently, the Executive Director for the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism and political science professor at Clemson University in South Carolina, C. Bradley Thompson, gave a powerful presentation at the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) entitled “Why Marxism?” Thompson provides some important insights into the core ideology that is Marxian socialism, which I will draw on heavily here.
The Resurgence of Karl Marx
When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, Marxism went underground in the following decade– reinventing itself and reemerging under the guise of new academic methodologies, such as post-modernism, deconstructionism, semiotics, multiculturalism, feminism–and a plethora of academic programs–black, women’s, chicano, critical and environmental studies. The scourge of Political Correctness, i.e. Cultural Marxism, swept through the campuses of the 80’s–bringing about what C. Bradley Thompson refers to as the “Dictatorship of the Professorial.”
This sort of identity and gender politics is nothing new. The Frankfurt School pioneered this sort of attack on American culture and traditions as a means to prepare Western minds to accept and embrace socialism and communism. It is what Critical Theory is all about–criticizing the traditions and culture of Western civilization from all sides simultaneously. By attacking the culture of the West and tearing it down, the Marxist theoreticians of the Frankfurt School believed Americans and the West would dump their traditions and patriotism–the biggest enemies to the implementation of a Marxist system–and demand a “change.” In many ways, this approach has been highly successful–particularly with its focus on the youth–the new Marxian surrogate for the working class–the new proletariat. Enter “hope and change.”
The Marx-inspired #OccupyWallStreet movement is, in effect, a Marxian socialist Fifth Column into American culture and politics–a vast left-wing conspiracy, if you will. It is noteworthy that Hillary Clinton once referred to a “vast right-wing conspiracy.” It appears it is just the opposite. But this sort of deflection and sophistry is all part of the praxis of Marxism, which I will refer to as Marxist Rule Number One: “Always accuse the enemy of the very same crimes they [Marxists] themselves are committing.”
For example, Obama recently accused Republicans of engaging in “social Darwinism.” An interesting allegation, considering Darwin’s theories are venerated by the Left and Marxists worldwide. Darwin’s theory on the Origin of Species is central to the Marxist-Leninist ideology. Human beings are merely animals–just a collection of atoms and nothing more.
C. Bradley Thompson states the left-wing Fifth Column includes the main-stream media (MSM) and scores of various left-wing think tanks; like the Institute for Policy Studies; community organizing groups, such as ACORN; unions, such as the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); professional organizations, such as the National Education Association (NEA); philanthropic organizations, such as the MacArthur Foundation or the Ford Foundation; special-interest advocacy groups, such as the Soros’ funded Media Matters; religious organizations, such as the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO); political parties, such as the Working Families Party; indoctrination boot camps, such as the Midwest Academy; and then, of course, there are the universities. The Socialist Party of America claims 70 democratic members of Congress are associated with the SPA.
So why do the dregs of humanity love Marx so much? Well, I believe it is due to the fact Marx exonerates and encourages their dinginess and amoral behavior. Marx was motivated by envy, resentment and hatred–always blaming others for their condition and plight. This sort of “don’t blame me” thinking is quite popular–for obvious reasons. It’s so much easier to accuse others for one’s own character defects and shortcomings, rather than have to look in the mirror and ask oneself, “What is my part in all of this?”
Marx’s angry, spitting moralism–as Thompson puts it–is forever directed at someone else or thing–specifically, the evil, greedy industrialized nations–capitalism and Western society itself. Marx sums up his view of capitalism in his Economic & Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844:
“The enemy of being is having.”
Marx opposed capitalism because he thought it unjust–a system of alleged inequality, exploitation, class conflict, etc. Marxian socialism is all about equalizing income and social status. This classic definition of communism is sometimes referred to as the “late Marxism of Das Kapital,” or Stalinism–the “Old Left,” as Thompson points out. Marxian socialism is a political philosophy that appeals to the worst traits of human nature–like envy and hate.
According to Marx, the accumulation of wealth and material goods is anathema to man’s “true being”; it alienates man from his true essence. The following quote from Marx’s Economic & Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 gives deep insight into Marx’s morals and values:
“The less you eat, drink and read books; the less you go to the theatre, the dance hall, the public house; the less you think, love, theorize, sing, paint, fence, etc., the more you save-the greater becomes your treasure which neither moths nor dust will devour-your capital. The less you are, the more you have; the less you express your own life, the greater is your alienated life-the greater is the store of your estranged being.”
Marx expresses moral revulsion at those who work and save–the very idea of “having” is revolting to Marx. Marx sees money as the root of all evil. Conversely, in the Judeo-Christian tradition, it is the love of money that is the root of all evil, not money in and of itself.
As C. Bradley Thompson so eloquently states, “Communism is like a Montessori for adults.” The whole notion of work and productivity is contemptible to Marx; it is some sort of curse perpetrated by the evil, greedy capitalist societies of the world on the rest of humanity–the “workers.” Marx believes people should be able to indulge their whims whenever and wherever one chooses–even at work. The unearned is to be demanded and received.
Of course, according to Marx, work is “bad,” until the Marxist state decides it wants to build a canal with human labor (cf. “The Great Leap Forward“) or produce more tanks for warfare against its Bourgeoisie neighbors. At which time, the communist worker will get nothing and like it. There are no worker strikes or protest marches in a pure communistic society. One would be considered an enemy of the state for considering or engaging in such actions.
Ironically, Karl Marx had a sugar daddy in the form of Freidrich Engels, who personally bankrolled Marx’s profligate lifestyle.
The Dawn of a New Day
The image above is the Soviet coat of arms. It reveals some important symbolism (which I will explore in more depth in a forthcoming article) that is employed ad nauseum by the proponents of “revolutionary social change.” The Soviet Coat of arms graphically represents “the dawn of a new day for the entire world.” Its slogan, repeated in the 15 national languages of the late U.S.S.R., is “Workers of All Lands, Unite.” It is no accident or coincidence the so-called “working class” is the demographic darling of the Left.
The sun rising over the entire world represents the goal of communism to rule over the entire globe–global governance. This is the “dawn of a new day.” The past must be eradicated, according to Marxist theory, for only the future under the “dictatorship of the proletariat” is what really matters. Destroy the present and the past, and all that comes along with it. Save man from his past–eradicate the past for the sake of the future. Man must begin again de novo … man must be built from the ground up–a new dawn … a new day … a new man.
Just go to the UN’s website and type “new dawn” into the search box. The term “new dawn” is woven throughout the UN’s literature and documents.
Disturbingly, Obama mentioned “the dawn of a new day” when he spoke to the troops in Afghanistan. WINK!
“From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”
Thompson refers to Marx’s famous quote (above) from the Critique of the Gotha Programme as “The Principle”–the communist moral or ideal. It implies the citizen of a pure communistic society will be given only what they need–or what the powers-that-be perceive as need. Pay attention to the two prepositions “from” and “to” in the quote. Something is required from the “worker,” according to ability; and what one receives (“to”) in return is contingent on the perceived need. Thompson puts it this way: “Abilities are penalized and needs are rewarded. Needs become wants and wants become demands, and demands become rights.” Sound familiar?
Mankind must be reintegrated into a collective consciousness–a social being, or, as Marx called it–a “species being,” Thompson asserts. The individual and society are not mutually exclusive. Man is only fulfilled in association with others–the definition of “national community.” The “social compact” of Marxism is diametrically opposed to the social compact enshrined in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. In a pure communistic society, the individual does not have the right to assemble as they wish. The whole concept of individualism is apostasy, according to the votaries of Marx.
Thompson states the movement toward communism would develop in two stages: the socialist phase–which is characterized by two policies: 1) the dictatorship of the proletariat; 2) the abolition of private property, wage labor, the market price system, competition, division of labor, money and profits.
The second stage (communist phase): 1) public ownership of the means of production and consumption; 2) the redistribution of all surplus value. Social engineers–central planners–determine output and production.
I might add a third phase–which precedes the socialist and communist phases–the democracy stage. Karl Marx once wrote, “Democracy is the road to socialism.” Wait a minute! Isn’t the United States a democracy? NO! It is a constitutional republic, which guarantees the rule of law, inalienable rights of the individual, and true representative government. True democracy is the rule of the majority–the mob. Our Founders referred to true democracy as “mobocracy.” The fallacy of democracy and so-called “free trade” has opened the door to preparing and conditioning Americans to accept socialism. Even Rush Limbaugh refers to himself as the “Doctor of Democracy.” That’s how far into the American psyche the belief that America is a pure democracy has sunk. Well, democracy needs a doctor–stat!
“Democracy is when two wolves and a sheep sit down together and decide what’s for dinner.”
The whole notion of “social change” is central to the process of turning Marxist theory into literal practice:
“The philosophers have only interpreted the world … the point is to change it.”
Hope and change, anybody?
The “hope” is for a new day, i.e. communism. Revolution will bring about the “change,” or the “fundamental transformation.” Marxism must always use force to achieve its end. In every Marxist insurrection to date, violence and terror have been used to keep the masses in line. Communism requires coercion and enforcement. Tyranny and terror are built into the DNA of communism.
“Blind hatred against the enemy creates a forceful impulse that cracks the boundaries of natural human limitations–transforming the soldier into an effective, selective and cold, killing machine. A people without hate cannot triumph against the adversary.”
Revolution is the ideal, according to Marx. Marx called for “permanent revolution”–which means the murders, terror, intrigue and subterfuge just go on and on and on. Keeping the masses in a constant state of confusion, chaos and terror is part and parcel of the pure communistic system. Once socialism turns to pure communism, the reign of terror really begins in earnest, for there is nothing to prevent the rulers of such a system from doing so–even if it means millions die and suffer–the ends justify the means.
The first to go under such a scenario are the “useful idiots” employed by communist regimes in order to gain power–hippies, anarchists, criminals, social misfits, malcontents, etc.
In order for one to give themselves wholeheartedly to the Marxist cause, one must suspend the law of cause-and-effect–a revolt against reality and objectivity–logic itself. Communism promises equality and fairness, but it really boils down to sameness, not equality.
SIDENOTE: I actually wrote to Professor C. Bradley Thompson to let him know I had written an article that was heavily based upon his presentation at FEE, and had even added a few points of my own. Thompson actually wrote me back and said he read the article and liked some of the points I had covered in this article It’s pretty rare for me to get this kind of feedback, and I can’t help but mention it here.
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