The Pen is mightier than the sword, but the Pen must sometimes move the sword against corruption if the corrupt are not moved by the pen.. An idea without an implementer is useless. "The Rulers do not carry the sword in vain"Rom 13:4

Saturday, January 4, 2014

"I am not a Marxist" ... said Karl Marx!

Indeed he did. As he became aware of various wanna be intellectuals/politicians/revolutionaries claiming they were 'Marxist'.....he then looked in a mirror so to speak, and declared "That is not me".

See this for further elaboration.  In one sense, this speaks volumes about the quick to run mob of so called Marxists out there who have taken his 'guidelines' about understanding history, and canonized them into a library of 'faith' documents which then legitimize their own aspirations for power.

It seems that the upper middle class living Marx (Lifestyle funded by Engels capitalism generated money)  was a man searching for answers, but his understanding of Historial Materialism had been taken up by various 'communist types' in Paris an other places.  It seems also to be the case that once they had this political 'fatwa' in their hands, they felt justified in 'fine tuning' it a bit to fit firmly into their own revolutionary aspirations.

This is reminiscent of the way the teaching and mission of Christ was taken up by certain elements in the 1st century, who then proceeded to do some selection and emphasis and even some cut and paste to make the 'Gospel' a better fit for their own heretical ideas.
Not that I would compare Marx to Christ, even if I had 10 lifetimes, I'm simply demonstrating the process of corruption and misdirection which occurs with political and religious ideologies.

Given these indisputable facts, it seems rather ludicrous that some politically ambitious groups in society seem to think a) they've found 'the' truth, and b) that they have a right to impose it on every one else.  At the end of Prof John Buchanan's lecture at the Sydney Idea's public forum on Marx he explained that he is in reality a 'lapsed' Marxists as in...a  non-practicing one.  His lecture is intriguing in many ways, but the clearest example of the reason Marx could say "I am not a Marxist" when he was observing the conduct of those calling themselves by his name,  some members of the Sydney University Socialist Alliance club used question time at the end to try to make speeches, and to try to impose a "But we have to hate capitalism" mantra on the proceedings.

I don't wish to convey the idea that "if Marx's teachings are followed properly, utopia will actually arrive"...not in a millions years. Marx was very astute in his analysis of the modes of production and business cycles etc, and even reasonably valid in his claim of workers becoming alienated from their labor, their fellow workers and ultimately themselves, but he failed to recognize that most people really down deep follow the final sentence of Voltaire's "Candide"  “That is very well put . . . but we must cultivate our garden.”  This sentence cannot even remotely be understood apart from all that has preceeded it in the story.  It only comes after Candide and his bunch of hangers on have striven to find the fulfillment and answers to life that most people seek.

Marx also failed to see that many people are actually quite content to work repetitious work lives, and make up for what their job lacks by a loving family life. In a sense, our own 'garden' as Candide opines, can be our own family, or our individual vision for life, but meanwhile everyone has to eat, and a job is the pathway to food. In my view, it was not the things that Marx discovered or cemented into philosophical history that make him memorable , it was the things he missed.  He enjoyed his own family life courtesy of Engels, not having to worry about paying his bills, paying his rent, or paying for his food...  he had to do these things but did not have to worry about them because his income was assured from Engels.

Most workers are not in that enviable situation, food and shelter only come from work either for yourself, or for others. Marx wallowed in the playpen of numerous government statistics, reports and studies, bringing them all together in his own colorful views, but it all seems a tad invalid when you realize he was able to avoid the conditions that most people had to face. Marx did not run a business, with all the pressures of competition and labor and materials  costs. He didn't work in a factory, he  just 'studied'. Like so many aspiring socialist types who go through a university law degree, then try to tell everyone else how they ought to live, while all the time realizing that if enough people listen to them they themselves will be on easy street, supported by those masses they seek to exploit for this very thing.

When times are tough, it's never the Union leader who loses his job.

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