Skip to main content

View Diary: On the 'Vindication' of Marx *updated (208 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  But isn't there a difference (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Eikyu Saha, Words In Action, Timaeus

    between what one accepts as valid or just, and what one is coerced to participate in?

    Am I a capitalist when I have no choice but to engage in capitalist behavior?

    If I go to a church to be part of, say, feeding the poor, does that make me a Christian?

    "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

    by ZhenRen on Sat Apr 13, 2013 at 11:30:18 AM PDT

    [ Parent ]

    •  It's just a label. (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Words In Action, ZhenRen

      F*** the label.  But Marx did provide a way of understanding why the rich would get richer and the poor would be driven to the edge.  It's not that hard -- it gets laid right out in the 1844 manuscripts -- and many generations of union workers have been able to "get it" easily.  But the academic Marxists usually insist on putting the cart before the horse and starting with Grundrisse or Capital, as if situating Marx in the context of Kant and Hegel (or worse, trying to quantify the unquantifiable "use value") would somehow clarify everything, or maybe get more votes in Congress.  

      •  As jbou said recently (3+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Eikyu Saha, Timaeus, Barton Funk

        (I'm paraphrasing.)

        I hate labels. Maybe that's why my close don't fit.

        Frankly, I'd rather take down Exxon or Goldman Sachs, the way we're taking down RushBeckistan, than elect another "better" Democrat who's going to wind up singing for the bankster choir.

        by Words In Action on Sat Apr 13, 2013 at 06:34:00 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Ugh. "Clothes" (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Eikyu Saha

          (blush)

          Frankly, I'd rather take down Exxon or Goldman Sachs, the way we're taking down RushBeckistan, than elect another "better" Democrat who's going to wind up singing for the bankster choir.

          by Words In Action on Sat Apr 13, 2013 at 08:05:42 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site