The Marxist Left: Turning America Upside Down (I)
Background: Who are the Marxist Left and What Do They Want?
In the afterward to the second edition of Das Kapital, Karl Marx attempted to clarify his materialist view of history. Sloughing off his Young Hegelian credentials, Marx wrote, “The mystification which dialectic suffers in Hegel’s hands… with him it is standing on its head. It must be turned right side up again, if you would discover the rational kernel within the mystical shell.”
More than one hundred and fifty years later, it is Marx’s ideology that is standing America on its head. It is time to delve into why the German philosopher’s ideas were such an abysmal failure, and why the left continues to pursue their implementation.
It is important to understand a few things about Marx and his ideology before describing how the American left is turning the economy, and our nation, upside down. As a student, Marx was initially a follower of G.W.F. Hegel, who was a theologian before becoming a professor in early nineteenth century Germany. Hegel was a collectivist, like Marx, so from our Founders’ point-of-view, both would have been wrong.
As opposed to being an over uber-statist like G.W.F. Hegel, Karl Marx was stirred by revolutionary zeal, especially during the 1848 revolutions that rocked Europe. In his 1852 work, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte, Karl Marx tellingly quoted Goethe’s great play Faust, “All that exists deserves to perish.” This belies his mischievous intention before articulating his great philosophical work Das Kapital. In an 1886 article, Engels would expand on Marx’s invocation:
In accordance with all the rules of the Hegelian method of thought, the proposition of the rationality of everything which is real resolves itself into the other proposition: All that exists deserves to perish.
If one gets past the philoso-babble, one finds the borderline solipsistic justification for overturning the existing order according to what Marxists consider rational. By framing Hegelian dialectic in materialist form, Marx could drape his destructive views in a veneer of scientistic objectivity.
But who is Karl Marx? By all verifiable accounts of Marx’s life, he was a freeloader and a deadbeat dad. This is highly ironic, because the essence of his philosophy is that material relations influence men’s ideas, rather than ideology directing material relations. In some unexplained way, Marx presumed to be immune to the dictates of his own philosophy; but the outcome of his ideas being put into practice is a freeloaders’ paradise.