Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.
But they don’t actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn’t be such violent hypocrites. And we’re not being dramatic when we say “violent.”
For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.
They don’t actually care about the working class.
Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don’t actually understand the working class. They definitely don’t realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here’s the thing, they don’t actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn’t have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.
Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.
Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.
Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.
They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it’s what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.
They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.
They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx’s concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.
They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It’s what they mean when they say things about the “status quo” and “hegemony” and the “established order.” They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.
Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest “alternative institutions,” but these “alternative institutions” are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.
Marx’s violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx’s followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.
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