He Never Went Away

Karl Marx is “back”:

“With the global economy in a protracted crisis, and workers around the world burdened by joblessness, debt and stagnant incomes, Marx’s biting critique of capitalism — that the system is inherently unjust and self-destructive — cannot be so easily dismissed. Marx theorized that the capitalist system would inevitably impoverish the masses as the world’s wealth became concentrated in the hands of a greedy few, causing economic crises and heightened conflict between the rich and working classes. ‘Accumulation of wealth at one pole is at the same time accumulation of misery, agony of toil, slavery, ignorance, brutality, mental degradation, at the opposite pole,’ Marx wrote.”

This article is pretty well-written and entirely true.  What’s shocking is that it’s in Time fucking magazine, pretty much the bible of the low-information voter.  So that’s good.

Meanwhile:

“There is a useful trope still floating around that goes, ‘If X were happening to middle-class white people, we’d have a revolution.’ Well, X is happening to middle-class white people and, I guarantee you, a substantial number of other middle-class white people, no matter how tenuous their own personal economic circumstances are, will blame the people living in the Ramada Inn for what happened to them. Revolution, hell. We can’t even get the president to shut his yap about ‘entitlements.’ Another day in a nation of suckers.”

 

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