Sunday, December 22, 2013

Happy Sunday Thought: Marx Was Right!

In 1848, Karl Marx began his seminal work, The Communist Manifesto, with this sentence:
“The history of all hitherto existing human society is the history of class struggles.”
Boy, did he get that right. The current existing human society is wrought with class struggle. It's what defines the key differences in the political philosophies of liberals and conservatives, and highlighted somewhat less in the policy prescriptions of the two major parties. Actual Democratic and Republican politicians differ much less in their actions, regardless of rhetoric, than liberals and conservatives because actual politicians of both parties are more or less bought and paid for. Sad but true.

Income inequality is the direct result of the war between labor and capital, with capital kicking labor's ass for a long time now. There is no moral basis for this whatsoever, regardless how conservatives claim that people get what they deserve, based on hard work and determination.

Some people are born lucky, some are born unlucky. Some people make their own luck, some people can't.

In the pitched battle between the classes, capital has the upper hand. It can only be countered by labor getting organized.

This is where Marx remains relevant. Come on, labor, get organized. No one's going to help you otherwise. Of course, you could always try prayer.

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