Post #95

In his book Das Kapital, Karl Marx wrote about the result of capitalism, which he called communism. Marx divided society into two groups, the proletariat and the bourgeoisie. The proletariat has nothing to sell but their labor, and the bourgeoisie owns the means of production. As time goes on, the bourgeoisie gets richer but smaller in number while the proletariat grows poorer over time. Eventually, the proletariat stage a revolution, overthrow the bourgeoisie, and form a classless society. He never stipulated how revolutionaries would organize this classless society. Capitalism recognizes personal property and utilizes the profit motive to determine the production of goods and services. 

According to Mark R. Levin, in his book American Marxism, Marxism is “especially alluring to, and actively supported by, individuals who find Marxism’s oppressor-oppressed class warfare construct appealing for several reasons. First, the fact is people want to belong to groups, including ethnic, racial, religious, and economic groups. People find identity, commonality, purpose, and even self-worth with such attachments. The individual is dehumanized and is nothing unless he identifies with a group—the oppressed and victimized group.”

Levin goes on to say “For this new elite, for instance, the good of free speech has become invisible because, for them, free speech is simply friction, resistance to their goals…What is occurring in our country is not a temporary fad or passing event. American Marxism exists, it is here and now, and indeed it is pervasive, and its multitude of a hybrid but often interlocking movements are actively working to destroy our society and culture, and overthrow the country as we know it.


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Published by Kenneth E. Long

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