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Post Defining Marxism in the California Context
Created by John Eipper on 10/13/21 2:47 AM

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Defining Marxism in the California Context (Francisco Wong-Diaz, USA, 10/13/21 2:47 am)

In response to Harry Papasotiriou, I do not have to define such a basic term (Marxism) known since the mid 19th century. It has gone through many permutations, too. Those who refuse to see or laugh at what is currently happening should read The God that Failed, Darkness at Noon, The New Class, and other accessible, popular books on the topic.

I usually fall back on the original writings by German-born Karl Marx and the Russians Lenin and Trotsky, etc. It was Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (Lenin) who clarified that the purpose of Socialism is Communism. He also modified Marxism by introducing the Communist Party as the vanguard of the proletariat, etc. Who is a Marxist? Communist?

In my youth I learned from the difference between the "card carrying," indoctrinated and ideologically tested party members and the rest. Not anyone, as some of you might be, can become a party member. To say that Marxists are involved in the changing of California from a democratic (small d) to a Marxist-driven system is not Trumpist on my part. I did not vote for him.

Being a Marxist has not prevented many hypocrites and liars like Bernie Sanders from exploiting and benefiting from the capitalist system. In their mind it is part of the normal dialectical process. Many Marxists leaders have been raised in wealthy families or are/were wealthy themselves. A classic Latin American example is that of the late Salvador Allende, a wealthy physician who owned the finest wine cellar in Chile and as president tried to offer his path to electoral Socialism (the Chilean Way) as an alternative to the Maoist strategy of guerrilla warfare advocated by Che Guevara (see Regis Debray's Revolution in the Revolution) and somewhat reluctantly by Castro (both Che and Castro were sons of upper-class or wealthy parents). The experiment cost Allende his life. (What happened to his wine?)

The battles are being fought through those who control the means of communication. While the people are being distracted by arguments over vaccines and masks and January 6th, and where is Kamala, the real events are at the Southern border, in the schools, at the airports and gas stations, and on the streets.

In Venezuela, and now here in the USA, the global Unlearned Lessons from the failures of Marxism are being repeated. Venezuela shows us what the New Class really wants--power over a population living in misery. Money man George Soros is a capitalist whose financial commitment to transform (destroy) the US as it is has been clear and transparent. He is the man behind Obama 1, 2 and now 2.5 [Biden]. The best example of how his strategy works at the local level are the crime pandering DAs in LA, San Francisco, and Chicago.

If any of you "ivory tower" residents who are not Marxists or ideologues refuse to see the obvious trends on the streets or America, go ahead and act the puppet by attacking (cancelling) me as an Anti-Semitic by including Soros as one actor in this American drama. My Jewish goddaughter and my ex-Russian Jewish in-laws always have a good laugh whenever I tell them.

JE comments:  I believe Harry Papasotiriou was interested not in a definition of Marxism per se, but in how it could even remotely characterize the epicenter of tech capitalism.  Likewise, the three books cited here by Francisco Wong-Díaz (first paragraph) are all very long in the tooth (late 1940s and 1950s).

Is it possible to understand today's California with Cold War-era theory?  Even if we loathe what California has become, shouldn't we seek a more up-to-date toolbox to understand it?

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  • The "Wimp" Factor, Revisited (Paul Pitlick, USA 10/13/21 10:10 AM)
    Ok I get why an individual may think that the Democratic Party is the party of wimps, etc. (See George Aucoin and Francisco Wong-Díaz, October 13th.)

    However, I look at how the US as a whole was left after the last two Republican administrations, and frankly, I would prefer that so-called "Marxists" in charge. At the end of President #43's term the economy was in free-fall, period. Fortunately, President #44 was competent. Frankly, I don't know if we'll ever recover from #45 and his mindless minions.

    JE comments: Paul Pitlick raises the "wimp" factor, which hasn't been part of political discourse since the days of Bush the Father. Trump has been called many, many things, but never the "W" word. Even his bone spurs were presumably muscular, meat-eating ones.

    Genuine Marxists (at least of the revolutionary type) were anything but wimps.  Might this alone suggest the unsuitability of "Marxist" as a label for today's "snowflake" Californians?

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  • Levin's "American Marxism" (Francisco Wong-Diaz, USA 10/14/21 8:49 AM)
    John E decried my book recommendations of October 13th as "long in the tooth."

    The American Constitution is also long on the tooth but it works!

    There is, nonetheless, a recently published book by conservative commentator Mark Levin entitled American Marxism that I have on my shelf. I invite WAISers to give it a chance and read it with an open mind. He is a lawyer, not an academic.

    JE comments:  The US Constitution is so vibrant because it can be amended as times change.  This was the brilliance of the Founders.

    Levin is a well-known commentator on Fox News. From the sampling of reviews I've just read, his book is as polarizing as you might expect.  Depending on your preconceptions, it's either a "must-read wakeup call" or a base diatribe that discovers Marxism in every progressive belief.

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