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Marxists try hard, try and try and try, but noone really listens

June 29th, 2013 · No Comments

http://www.marxist.com/karl-marx-130-years.htm

The ideas of Marx have never been more relevant than they are today and are reflected in the thirst for Marxist theory at the present time. In this three part article, Alan Woods will deal with the main ideas of Karl Marx and their relevance to the crisis we’re passing through today.

Marxists try hard, try and try and try, but noone really listens. There was a surge of interest in Marx after 2008, but the dead hand of marxists has already reburied poor Marx.
Marxists can’t get out of the trap they find themselves in: the more they embrace Marx/Lenin they more they generate rejection in the larger population, even as they attract a small number of interested people.

Compare that with the era of the Second Internationale: the left grew by leaps and bounds because the ideas were fresh, and–untested: they generated hope. But marxism no longer generates hope. and it has tens of millions of implacable enemies.
What to do?
Start over, and disassociate with the failed legacy. Cite Marx as historical reference, no more, and create a fresh set of ideas and tactics. Sounds easy, but fools like Slavoj Zizek (who after all responds to a paying audience) have made Stalinism, even torture the old norm made new.
Drop the term ‘marxism’: it is proof of a personality cult, and the domination of a Germanic professor and dogmatist. And someone whose thinking is flawed, yet with the flaws cleverly concealed. Forget Capital. People hate it, except those who teach it. And the theory isn’t all that good, or even important. I think Marx lost faith in his own theories. Why bother with theories? Who needs them? What is needed is a kind of chronicle of history, empirical studies of economies, classes, and ideologies, and an activist tactics based on those. The endless veneration/submission to Marx is choking the left.
These are statements about marxism, not socialism/communism. Marxists talk as if they own these ideas. Expropriate the expropriators, and move on.
Forget marx, and marxism. Explain to the public without marxist jargon that a phase of postcapitalism is becoming inevitable in the need for a newly defined ‘new communism’. If it is possible to start over then there is some hope for the left. And we need such a left. The half measures of coopted groups, and we can see that even in climate change activism, is going to be endless, and endlessly distracting.

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