Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Marx again (sigh)

Sometimes I have to check up on people who think a lot. These are people who don't do anything else but think (and tell everybody what they think). So, last night I thumbed through a people-who-think-a-lot magazine. This one was on the left, and was filled with opinions of people who are a) of the opinion that the US is wrong no matter what it does, and b) they could run things a lot better than anyone else. This is in strong opposition to the magazines on the right, which, in contrast, are filled with opinions by people who are a) of the opinion that the US is wrong no matter what it does and b) they could run things a lot better than anyone else.
Anyway, this one author was opining that Marx was right after all, given the economic mess we've gotten into. This pronouncement was based on the fact that Marx had said a number of things and given some analyses that have, if you squint a little, validity to the present day circumstances.
In fact, a good deal of what Marx said does make sense, and if you juggle terms a little, the Marx stance looks a lot like some of the advanced thinking of today.
But that doesn't make Marx right, or even relevant. He's still the same old grumpy fuzz face whose philosophy, put into action, resulted (and results inevitably) in death, misery, famine, economic chaos, and bondage for millions of people.
Give us a break, armchair theorists. You can revere Marx all you want, but do I have to read your cheesy thoughts? Well, I guess I do. That's why we have the constitution.

2 comments:

Jacqui Binford-Bell said...

Socialism looks good on the surface but we have proven it doesn't work given the human animal. Now we have proven capitalism doesn't work given the human animal.

So democratic socialism or socialized democracy? Or maybe benign dictatorship but that is back to the human animal. Might be a perfect world without them.

On both your houses said...

I'm all for a monarchy, as long as I get to be the monarch. Actually, no form of government works very well. The best that can be said for a republic is that everything else is worse.