Making Marxism cool again

There are so many different directions from which cultural Marxism comes that it is impossible to keep up. If you do not understand and wish to sustain a society of free individuals whose aim is to live in freedom and direct their own lives in their own way, and by the way to also live in prosperity, then there is almost no defence against the centralising force that are found at every turn. There was a comment on my post on Communism for Kids that has added yet another dimension to this web. I am going to quote what “Robin” has written but will slightly reconstruct the order in which he brought out his points in a way I find easier to understand. This is what he wrote in the second of his comments:

I actually dropped in from the US to alert Australians to this push from March to force a shift to Human Capability Theory [HCT] in the name of supposed preparation for work.

Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum seem to have created HCT to implement the Marxist Humanist view of education globally without that being appreciated. The Capability Approach and Human Development is what the global change agents call this theory and they get together now quite a lot to plan how to implement it out of our collective sight for the most part.

Communism for Kids is published by MIT Press. I’m no longer surprised to see a university engaged in such kinds of work, but it’s not because they are a publisher and publish what they think will sell along the lines of selling the rope that will be used to hang them. They do it because HCT is part of a project MIT is involved with. The background to the book was outlined in the first of his comments.

This is translated into English from German I believe and relates to what I refer to as little ‘c’ communism. It is also what Gorbachev and others call Marxist Humanism. Its ties to what Marx called the Human development Society and education are covered here.

Marxist Humanism and little c communism are what the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN and its Dignity for All by 2030 campaign are all about once we become familiar with the theory. MIT’s involvement makes far more sense once we know they are partners with the UN in its Earth Systems Science Partnership that is about the behavioral and social sciences, including education.

Also the necessary premise for the Human Development Society where “from each according to abilities and to each according to needs” would be the operating principle was that capitalism would have produced a necessary level of technological innovation. ICT [Information and Communication Technology] is regarded as that magic technology worldwide and MIT is essentially homebase. China and Russia installed Communism on an agricultural base. Therefore, unfortunately, the theorists insist that their history does not invalidate what communism might entail if the theory can be implemented on the right technological base.

This remains a dangerous theory if not correctly understood. Letting it come in as ‘systems science’ for example is just as dangerous and much harder to see.

One superficially negative review of the book however ends with this.

There were a couple of positive reviews of the book, though none of them verifier buyers. “I loved this book so much!” wrote Sophia Nachalo. “It’s not really a kid’s book, but rather a book for everyone written in a fun and easy way that uses stories, fables, and funny characters to explain everyday life. It makes marxism cool again!”

Fredrick Jameson, a Duke University Professor, endorsed the book, claiming “this delightful little book may be helpful in showing youngsters there are other forms of life and living than the one we currently ‘enjoy,’ and even some adults might learn from it as well.”

And in another negative review there was nevertheless this at the end which totally reversed whatever mild criticisms there were:

CNN’s Chris Cuomo said communism is “uplifting” as he talked fondly of Cuba. This is the state of affairs in the United States today.

“The concern was the freedom of the people,” he continued. “What is the point of this communist regime if it is not to truly make everyone equal — not at the lowest level; not by demoralizing everyone; but lifting everyone up?”

I had a friend from the far left who was overjoyed by the fall of the Soviet Union now almost three decades ago. With no negative example before us, he was sure Marxism would come back stronger than ever. It may be the only political judgement he has ever been right about, but it is one that should worry you all.

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62 Responses to Making Marxism cool again

  1. Crossie

    The saying goes that rust never sleeps and it seems neither does Marxism and just like with rust it’s almost unnoticeable until suddenly nothing works.

    I hope we won’t have to have a conflagration to get rid of it.

  2. Nerblnob

    Every NGO, every press release from NGOs or charities, every digital media feed, and pretty much every news organisation, pumps this crap our non stop.

  3. Howard Hill

    Every NGO, every press release from NGOs or charities, every digital media feed, and pretty much every news organisation, pumps this crap our non stop.

    Because lefties have no original thoughts of their own!

  4. Howard Hill

    I should have said “Communists” Stuff their hijacking of the language to make themselves sound less sinister. Communists is what they are, all lefties! And it’s what we should be referring them as everytime we talk, write about them. It’s time to up the anti, or we’re all doooooomed!

  5. struth

    It all starts in our schools.

  6. Tom

    Communists is what they are, all lefties!

    Fact check: true.

    Once upon a time, leftoids were simply “social democrats” who simply wanted socialist government dominance of a capitalist economy. Not any more. The entire political left now demands the destruction of capitalism and 100% ownership of everything by the state.

    It’s the great undiscussed truth, the left’s dirty secret. They want us to believe capitalism’s stellar record of wealth creation and the elimination of global poverty since the industrial revolution can be improved by destroying it.

    It’s never discussed because the 21st century left is incapable of rational thought as a result of the left’s Stalinist march through the education system. It is a delinquent child with a mental age of four who knows only that it doesn’t have enough lollies and the way to get them is a giant tantrum that destroys every remaining institution and tradition in the smoking ruins of the West.

    The 21st century left can never mature or “grow up”. It is a spoilt child that represents the worst in human nature because it has been allowed to run wild with a neverending list of ludicrous toddler’s demands.

    The 21st century left is an all-consuming infantilism epidemic that must be dealt with in the same way we deal with juvenile delinquency.

  7. Tel

    With no negative example before us, he was sure Marxism would come back stronger than ever.

    Let’s just wait and see how bad Venezuela gets.

    Maybe we should send them a bunch of these books to help out.

    Even better, send the books along with all the MIT Sociology Professors we can find, and also send the entire UN “Sustainability” euphemism for communism brigade (at least they have come out in the open now). Send the lot of them over to help fix Venezuela with little books in their hands … and no returns until that country is prosperous.

  8. Ellen of Tasmania

    I would also like to posit that part of the problem lies with the conservatives.

    Have you heard people trying to speak to Bolt & Price about ‘Agenda 21’ – now ‘Agenda 30’?

    “Oh, we don’t want any of that conspiracy stuff on this programme”, and the caller is cut off.

    And yet, there is no conspiracy in sight. You can go to the UN websites and read all about it. Yes, there’s a lot of make-it-pretty-language, as Steve and Robin have pointed out, but what’s the use of burying your head in the sand and mumbling about conspiracies? (You can only mumble when your head is under sand.)

    ‘Conspiracy theory’ is just another ‘shut-up’ term to cover up what is really going on.

    (By the way, Steve, I believe Robin is a female, if this is the same Robin of http://www.invisibleserfscollar.com. I’ve got her book, “Credentialed to Destroy: How and Why Education Became a Weapon”)

  9. Ellen of Tasmania

    Oh, and teach your children about liberty: tuttletwins.com

    “Each year, hundreds of millions of children are spoon-fed false history, bad economics, and logical fallacies. Your child is not immune.

    Well-meaning parents have long desired a way to inoculate their children against this trend to help them really grasp the importance of freedom and free markets—the pillars of peace and prosperity that create abundance and social harmony in our world.

    These parents—just like you—have had nowhere to turn, and no literature to provide their child… until now!

    The solution is here: The Tuttle Twins books.”

  10. MD

    It is perfectly natural that people, as socially competitive animals, would strive to have their views prevail. The problem is that the dumb ones (leftists – aka NeoFascists), often through good intentions, convince themselves that their views are immutable truths and it is therefore only natural that everyone should comply with them, by force if necessary. It is true of politics and it is true of religion. We can’t fight it; it is our genetically encoded instinct.
    Like everyone, I would love to live in a dictatorship, provided I were the dictator! But as a conservative I am capable of reasoning beyond the simple concept of forcing everyone to comply with my agenda. I recognise that for MY sake – not your sake or society’s sake – power must be diluted and spread widely. Leftists are wired differently and are not able to understand this.
    To appreciate this, we need only look at the NeoFascism that is emerging in our society. Some of it is obvious, such as the attack by a notorious government agency, and its advocates, on our freedom to debate government policy. But it is more insidious and all-pervasive than that. The other day I read a story about local councils putting identity chips on waste bins. The councils claim good intentions, but who cannot see the potential insidiousness of this? If NeoFascists were to get hold of it they could use it to ‘punish’ people who do not comply with their ‘recycling’ or waste-limiting agenda. Incidentally, this is why the Left have been pushing for nearly thee decades to have local government recognised in the Australian Constitution. It would remove local government from under the control of state governments and create an official level of government that, for all intents and purposes, is beyond the control of the electorate. For example, can you name any of your councillors? And if, for example, you wanted to change development regulations what hope would you have. Being a local issue, the media would have neither the will nor the resources to pursue the matter. You would have no option but to try to run a campaign yourself, but what hope do you have when up to 40% of the electorate in some council areas has failed to vote in elections. It is not a question of apathy but more one of despondency. We know we have no rights, no power and no voice, so we have ceded all control to ‘elected’ officials at all levels of government. The NeoFascist Left have seen this and they will have their way with local government. They NEVER relent, no matter how long it takes.
    But isn’t the idea of government that we pay them, as our servants, to provide services for us. Instead, the rise of NeoFascism sees people in government believing they have the right to force us to comply with their agenda. Take public transport: leftist governments clearly have an long-term agenda to force us to use public transport instead of private vehicles (but note how it does not apply to them). This has arisen as part of the NeoFascist Left’s obsession with ‘global warming’. And don’t for a minute think you can cut down a tree on your property.
    Authoritarianism is a natural human instinct. The Left – the NeoFascists – will always push for it. Conservative politicians can halt the slide towards authoritarianism, but it requires an intelligent and principled response, and that is why this country is stuffed.

  11. Crossie

    The 21st century left can never mature or “grow up”. It is a spoilt child that represents the worst in human nature because it has been allowed to run wild with a neverending list of ludicrous toddler’s demands.

    They also think that when the revolution comes they will be in charge and deciding who gets what and how much. They would change their minds if they learned how quickly things change in a command society where today’s insiders are tomorrow’s outsiders, that is if they were allowed to know the history of the Soviet Union.

  12. John Angelico

    Small ‘c’ communism? Is that yet another euphemism for “it hasn’t worked yet, but it will be right next time!” ?

    Here is an excellent analysis of socialism that debunks even the possibility that it could EVER work:

    “Socialism & International Economic Order” by Elizabeth Tamedly

  13. Nerblnob

    Yet, despite all this, Brexit and Trump win votes. Even Abbott, in 2013 can be seen as a hopeful sign. So the next target will be democracy itself.

  14. Megan

    It all starts in our schools.

    My late mother was ranting about the malign influence of the left and communists on education back in the early 70’s when I was starting out as a teacher. According to her it was all part of a bigger plan to dumb us down and change the world. Oh, how we rubbished her. Laughed out loud at her ridiculous ideas.

    I was out of teaching by the early 80’s. The changes to the curriculum were gathering pace and I didn’t like where they were going. Reading for example, is a decoding exercise, not something you learn by osmosis as the whole word (another euphemism, right there) approach would have you believe. I made sure my own children learnt to read early.

    I owe her a massive apology. Mum, you were absolutely right.

  15. .

    Marxism was never cool.

    Karl Marx was a dilettante who married well and was a bad father and husband and wrote a crypto anti cemetic screed based on crackpot economics that is actually mathematically impossible and then builds mountains of piffle on this, topped off by a body count of 100 million dead, but hey, it is just a theory or wasn’t implemented right the last 50 or so times.

    His theory is on the same level of mental vacuousness and delusional paranoia as Mein Kampf.

  16. Rabz

    marxism was never cool

    What I find mystifying is that anyone of sound mind could think that something as unrelentingly monstrous and staggeringly stupid as communism could be cool.

    It is its absolute antithesis.

  17. Razor

    I postulate that the concept of socialism (? communism is simply the end result of pushing socialism to it’s boundary) is developed and pushed by those who feel the need for security.

    They feel (without direct self acknowledgement) that they are not capable of looking after themselves. BUT they know there are persons out there who feel the reverse and demostrate it.

    Communism is about harnessing those who can by those who can’t to ensure their position on Maslow’s is near the top. (self actualisation is not usually within their reach except by proxy).

  18. .

    Any “morality” of communism is annihilated when you realise it is about getting others to steal for *you*.

  19. Roger

    Karl Marx was a dilettante who married well and was a bad father and husband and wrote a crypto anti [Semitic] screed based on crackpot economics that is actually mathematically impossible and then builds mountains of piffle on this, topped off by a body count of 100 million dead…

    The Fiddler saws the strings,
    His light brown hair he tosses and flings.
    He carries a sabre at his side,
    He wears a pleated habit wide.

    “Fiddler, why that frantic sound?
    Why do you gaze so wildly round?
    Why leaps your blood, like the surging sea?
    What drives your bow so desperately?”

    “Why do I fiddle? Or the wild waves roar?
    That they might pound the rocky shore,
    That eye be blinded, that bosom swell,
    That Soul’s cry carry down to Hell.”

    “Fiddler, with scorn you rend your heart.
    A radiant God lent you your art,
    To dazzle with waves of melody,
    To soar to the star-dance in the sky.”

    “How so! I plunge, plunge wihout fail
    My blood-black sabre into your soul.
    That art God neither wants nor wists,
    It leaps to the brain from Hell’s black mists.

    “Till heart’s bewitched, till senses reel:
    With Satan I have struck my deal.
    He chalks the signs, beats time for me,
    I play the death march fast and free.

    The Fiddler, Karl Marx

  20. ned

    “We have met the enemy and he is us”

    we sending our children to government schools ( free schooling ).

    it will not change until we stop doing that.

    problem is big government.
    no honest money.
    believe in false God ( democracy ).

    If you want to be rich you should learn from warren buffet or some rich person who did it.
    same goes for the society –imitate one that are/where successful :
    switzerland and Articles of Confederation

  21. Dr Fred Lenin

    The Dr Fred Mantra ,communism dies without other peoples money,defunding is the answer ,deprivation of Taxpaer funded “jobs” , no funds for communist groups of any kind ,strict control of union members funds not to be used for political purposes on pain of long jail terms and confiscation of assets of family . They have infiltrated the so called moderate socialists since Stalins days ,all left wingere are communists or fellow travellers . Can uou imagine any of these political muppets having a real usefull job . Rudbull and shorten on the pick and shovel ,rudd picking fruit giliard working a checkout ,? One thing I can imagine Abbott putting out a fire,he has done it ,the others would be useless.

  22. Louis Hissink

    Let’s just wait and see how bad Venezuela gets.

    The Venezuelan political opposition are also socialists, Breitbart reports, so it’s going to be the school of hard knocks that has to be experienced before sense appears in that nation.

  23. Entropy

    Once upon a time there was a little red hen who scratched about the barnyard until she uncovered some grains of wheat. She called her neighbors and said ‘If we plant this wheat, we shall have bread to eat. Who will help me plant it?’

    “Not I, ” said the cow.

    “Not I,” said the duck.

    “Not I,” said the pig.

    “Not I,” said the goose.

    “Then I will,” said the little red hen. And she did. The wheat grew tall and ripened into golden grain. “Who will help me reap my wheat?” asked the little red hen.

    “Not I,” said the duck.

    “Out of my classification,” said the pig.

    “I’d lose my seniority,” said the cow.

    “I’d lose my unemployment compensation,” said the goose.

    “Then I will,” said the little red hen, and she did.

    At last the time came to bake the bread. “Who will help me bake bread?” asked the little red hen.

    “That would be overtime for me,” said the cow.

    “I’d lose my welfare benefits,” said the duck.

    “I’m a dropout and never learned how,” said the pig.

    “If I’m to be the only helper, that’s discrimination,” said the goose.

    “Then I will,” said the little red hen.

    She baked five loaves and held them up for the neighbors to see.

    They all wanted some and, in fact, demanded a share. But the little red hen said, “No, I can eat the five loaves myself.”

    “Excess profits,” cried the cow.

    “Capitalist leech,” screamed the duck.

    “I demand equal rights,” yelled the goose.

    And the pig just grunted.

    And they painted “unfair” picket signs and marched round and around the little red hen shouting obscenities.

    When the government agent came, he said to the little red hen, “You must not be greedy.”

    “But I earned the bread,” said the little red hen.

    “Exactly,” said the agent. “That’s the wonderful free enterprise system. Anyone in the barnyard can earn as much as he wants. But under our modern government regulations productive workers must divide their products with the idle.”

    And they lived happily ever after, including the little red hen, who smiled and clucked, “I am grateful, I am grateful.” But her neighbors wondered why she never again baked any more bread.

  24. .

    Ned

    I’ve come to the position recently that we should have not Federated, but confederated, Canberra ought not to exist and the national laws could be made by internal treaty, defence and foreign affairs done by the rotating presidency of the confederation, passed around from state to state each year. The high court could be a panel of the chief justices and judges of the country that haven’t sat on a particular case. Also mSo you might have a panel of 24 to do leave hearings and form a hearing panel of 2 or more. More states and devolution of power to the shires would have been great. The state premiers could form the federal cabinet perhaps if each premier could not get enough ring ins. CIR to strike down bad laws and remove malfeasant MPs and judges for sure as well.

  25. Razor

    I put something like this forward around a year ago Dot. So naturally I am in areement. Unfortunately it would take a similiar histiry path as the American revoultion to attempt to implement. Just reading “The real Lincoln”. Shows what would happen to confederates now.

  26. Razor

    American Civil War not the American Revolution.

  27. John constantine

    Global, eternal irrevocable rule over the proles by the social justice Stalinists.

    They will kill as many as it takes to de industrialise and dewesternise society into a compliant slave class.

    The ability to monitor all the proles all the time means no samizdat, no radio free Europe, nowhere to run and and nowhere to hide.

    The most committed Stalinists believe in banning space exploration, because nowhere in the universe can even one man be allowed to escape Stalin and live free.

  28. Vicki

    The saying goes that rust never sleeps and it seems neither does Marxism and just like with rust it’s almost unnoticeable until suddenly nothing works.

    Crossie, what a fantastic analogy! I hope I have your permission to use it?

  29. Rob MW

    This remains a dangerous theory if not correctly understood. Letting it come in as ‘systems science’ for example is just as dangerous and much harder to see.

    100% correct. Western governments have been for decades using (their) science funding to cobble together commissioned theories that indoctrinate the humanity of the population, or a segment/sector of the population, so that an incremental part of the Marxist doctrine is developed into policy and sold as ‘in the National Interest’ thereby underwriting collective passive acquiescence under either a subjective superior moral compass or the dreaded ‘Social License’.

    It is becoming blindly obvious that government commissioned science research grants reliably favor government policy directions or directives and usually on the back of irrational or obtuse abstracts that are obliged to trash the scientific method.

    Probably the greatest human failing is an absolute addiction by one person’s desire to control and enslave another person. Governments simply enforce a collective desire to control and enslave on a National, and increasingly, an International scale.

  30. .

    Exactly. Marxism is for squares!

  31. Tel

    … rust never sleeps and it seems neither does Marxism …

    Nor does Darwin for that matter.

  32. .

    The most committed Stalinists believe in banning space exploration, because nowhere in the universe can even one man be allowed to escape Stalin and live free.

    Which is why we must absolutely see it progress.

  33. Jannie

    Nor does Darwin for that matter.

    I wish he would get a move on.

  34. Marx was a bum and inspired several generations into the glorious benefits of being a bum.

  35. zyconoclast

    Have you heard people trying to speak to Bolt & Price about ‘Agenda 21’ – now ‘Agenda 30’?
    “Oh, we don’t want any of that conspiracy stuff on this programme”, and the caller is cut off.

    Price and Bolt are gate keepers.
    Like all the best gate keepers they talk about a lot of subjects in reasonable detail that don’t get much coverage.
    But the stuff they don’t want to exposed or discuss is quickly snuffed out.

    They are the conservative version of Walled Aly. Regularly causing just enough ‘outrage’ to keep their conservative credentials on show.

    The fact that these guys are have been directly or indirectly deep inside of the political process for many years, they understand exactly how things work. Including the effect of international treaties and agreements that Australia has signed up to.

  36. zyconoclast

    Karl Marx was a dilettante who married well and was a bad father and husband and wrote a crypto anti cemetic screed

    What, he didn’t like concrete?

  37. .

    Yes, if the Lions of Judah are men of reinforced concrete constitutions. Damn anti Bird spaminator.

  38. Marcus Classis

    How uncool. Is not Marx a dead white male?

  39. Crossie

    The saying goes that rust never sleeps and it seems neither does Marxism and just like with rust it’s almost unnoticeable until suddenly nothing works.

    Crossie, what a fantastic analogy! I hope I have your permission to use it?

    Vicki, feel free.

  40. Boambee John

    Howard Hill at 1552

    Indeed.

    Time to take back the language. That anyone supporting communism has the gall to call themselves “progressive” is ludicrous.

    On the OT, I built on a suggestion that Social Media shoukd bexcalled Mob Media, adding that it should be called Lynch Mob Media. Ditto for Social Justice.

    We should be developing and using special language to put the left fascists on the defensive, as they have done for years. Go full 1984 Newspeak against them, until they can only express their ideas in our terms.

  41. 2dogs

    Didn’t the welfare state already address “from each according to abilities and to each according to needs”. Given those of ability already pay taxes sufficient to address everyone’s needs, may they please do what they like wit the rest of their time/funds?

    If this is the rationale for Communism, then Communism is entirely unnecessary.

    The whole SJW thing seems to be the result of Marxists running out of the victims needed to justify their existence.

  42. Boambee John

    Sorry, that was 0352 not 1552

  43. Nerblnob

    Taking on “the left” as such is futile.
    They don’t see themselves as “the left” and most don’t promote themselves as such.
    They see themselves as the sensible centre and most uncommitted people accept it and get on with their lives.
    “Right wing” is a synonym for evil.
    They’ve already convinced themselves that “free speech” is code for racist abuse.
    (Coronation Street in the UK has just shown an episode saying exactly that. Pure propaganda)

    If you’re playing them at their own game, you need to proceed sensibly but resolutely and without apology. This is where Abbott fell down and Trump succeeds. There will always be a Twitterstorm. Ignore it. It will pass.

    Don’t refer to the right or the left. Just make policy and take action.

    “Fairness” is fine. It means putting in if you expect to get out. Don’t even refer to the notion that it means redistribution of wealth. There is nothing fair about that.

  44. Ragu

    The first word a child learns after Mum and Dad is, mine. Any ideology system that doesn’t allow ownership has, to put it mildly, a fatal design flaw.

  45. Let’s just wait and see how bad Venezuela gets.

    I like Venezuela. You can casually name drop it into polite conversation as a free kick into the nads of socialism. Any contrary argument can only come from a defensive base or an attack via strawman argument.

    Also, I don’t get why conservatives can’t organise. How hard can it be to get 100 Cats to simultaneously ring up Bolt and name drop Agenda 21 into the conversation? Anyone unfamiliar hearing this pop up consistently would logically start to consider what it is and what it means.

  46. Ragu

    SJWs are self appointed censors.

    Also from the Book of Zappa (PBUH);

    “Johnny Carson; community standards are difficult to explain at best. What is offensive to one person may not be to another, we ought to have freedom of choice. But because children are involved and because they are more impressionable…

    FZ; I think to talk about this matter and pin it on children and use the children as a tool in order to sell this political device, because I think there is a political concept behind shutting off access to certain types of information.

    If you can put your foot in the door by saying” we’re going stop dirty words” that literally means you put in force the mechanism to stop other ideas.

    Once that censorship board is there they have to find things for themselves to do when they run out of dirty words, and they are not going to unemploy themselves”

  47. Didn’t the welfare state already address “from each according to abilities and to each according to needs”. Given those of ability already pay taxes sufficient to address everyone’s needs, may they please do what they like wit the rest of their time/funds?

    Exactly, 2dogs. We clearly already have an abundant mix of both. In Australia there is vast support already for public schools and hospitals, and home ownership. It is by very definition centrist. They’re using an argument for something we already have as an excuse to expunge an entire side of the equation. They are extreme leftists, and as such extremists.

  48. The first word a child learns after Mum and Dad is, mine. Any ideology system that doesn’t allow ownership has, to put it mildly, a fatal design flaw.

    Be careful how you put that, Ragu. They’ll turn that into being caused by parental indoctrination, so be sure to remind them that those parents are the first to correct their children that they should share.

    On that subject, I told my children that they should share, but I also stressed that any sharing of what they own should be their choice.

  49. Ragu

    I told my kids they don’t “own” anything. It’s all been bought and paid for by the labour of mum and dad. The look on their face when introduced to this concept was priceless.

    Not long after, the crafty buggers were offering to do paid housework.

  50. nerblnob

    Also, I don’t get why conservatives can’t organise

    Not enough spare time. It’s mind boggling how much spare time left wing activists seem to have.

  51. john constantine

    Their leftist meme is that their beloved Cuba didn’t fail, and anyway, any putative failure was only because Big Bully Racist America failed to subsidise communism in Cuba the way they rebuilt Europe in the racist Marshall Plan.

    Wait for the hunger games in their Venezuela to be blamed on Trump.

  52. stackja

    Marx told tales. The world progressed regardless.

  53. graeme M

    Steve Kates and all, I was wondering how many of you have read “Rerun Novarum” (of revolutionary change), the 1891 Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII on the Rights and Duties of Capital and Labour. As I often find the Catholics have already covered it but no one has read it. Our loss.

  54. Not enough spare time. It’s mind boggling how much spare time left wing activists seem to have.

    That’s because they are mostly bums.

  55. graeme M

    That is “Rerum Novarum”. Beautiful day in Perth. Christ is risen.

  56. Jessie

    Not enough spare time. It’s mind boggling how much spare time left wing activists seem to have.
    That’s because they are mostly bums.

    Isn’t that the concept of self-interest?

    Agenda 21 is serious business. And embedded in all levels of governance and policy formulation.
    http://www.onenation.com.au/policies/agenda21

  57. Jessie

    Entropy and The Little Red Hen @ 11.26

    Sen’s much quoted human capability and human dignity system’s approach. In Australia Sen/Nussbaum’s theories are used for the measurement of key performance indicators and billions$. In a re-tribalised or pretend tribalised ‘society’ measuring these KPIs is a mistruth. CIS along with the usual suspects are pushing this approach of ‘much needed evaluation’. Closing discussion with 18C is useful as the true aspects can not be publicly discussed. And people silenced.
    cf
    c. Evaluation: What Capability do People Have to Live a Good Life 1-5 listed for evaluation are totally irrational points* for re-tribalised groups with no individual freedoms or property…….
    As well as being concerned with how well people’s lives are going, the Capability Approach can be used to examine the underlying determinants of the relationship between people and commodities, including the following (Sen 1999)
    source: http://www.iep.utm.edu/sen-cap/#SH3c
    *artefacts, methodological bias?

    However, if there is general agreement in the first place that such capabilities should be equally guaranteed for all, there is a clear basis for criticizing clearly unjust social norms as the source of relative deprivation and thus inconsistent with the spirit of such guarantee. (referring for eg to Saudi women requiring a male relative in public and therefor private driver expenses).
    source: as above Sen’s Capability Approach

  58. Fulcrum

    The only way of making marxism cool is to collect every copy of Das Capital and send the load to Planet Nepture with those who prefer to be supressed.

    Each one should be provided with a shovel to build the kind of future they long for.

    Its a win, win outcome for everyone who wants peace.

  59. Not enough spare time. It’s mind boggling how much spare time left wing activists seem to have.

    Hence “we need free edumacation so we can chuck a tanty whenever we want”.

  60. Dr Fred Lenin

    Can anyone explain why the muppets who always know what is best for the workers are people who have never held a real job in their lives ,marx , ulyanov whitlam ,hawke giliard, shorten etc etc ? ;

  61. Rob MW

    Agenda 21 was put into Australian law in 1994 in the schedule of the National Environment Protection Council Act (1994) C’th and mirrored in law in the States adopted by local government.

    It’s not a figment of imagination it’s fucking law. Look up the Scheule of the Act and see for yourselves.

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