Cancel Karl

On further reflection, there may be some upsides to this cancel culture business, specially within economics. How bout this fellow Karl Marx. There’s a dead white European male if ever there was one. Why isn’t he now being cancelled? How should economists, and social theorists generally, deal with this: Marx and Engels’s theory of history: making sense of the race factor. Here’s the abstract:

This article argues that Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’s theory of history contained racist components. In Marx and Engels’s understanding, racial disparities emerged under the influence of shared natural and social conditions hardening into heredity and of the mixing of blood. They racialized skin-colour groups, ethnicities, nations and social classes, while endowing them with innate superior and inferior character traits. They regarded race as part of humanity’s natural conditions, upon which the production system rested. ‘Races’ endowed with superior qualities would boost economic development and productivity, while the less endowed ones would hold humanity back. Marxist race thinking reflected common Lamarckian and Romantic-Nationalist assumptions of the era.

If we are going to colour-code who we allow to speak or whose words we listen to, which I do not for a second believe we should, why not turn to Thomas Sowell: Thomas Sowell says concept of systemic racism ‘has no meaning,’ warns US could reach ‘point of no return’.

“You hear this phrase, ‘systemic racism’ [or] ‘systemic oppression’,” host Mark Levin told Sowell. “You hear it on our college campuses. You hear it from very wealthy and fabulously famous sports stars. What does that mean? And whatever it means, is it true?”

“It really has no meaning that can be specified and tested in the way that one tests hypotheses,” answered Sowell, who added that the currency of the phrase reminds him of the “propaganda tactics” of Nazi Germany.

The true racists are the ones who believe skin colour should have any bearing on political issues.

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16 Responses to Cancel Karl

  1. Rafe Champion

    We had better look for people who are open to discussion on this matter, those who are locked into racism are out of reach. Someone else wrote about this, maybe Paul Collits, and he nominated the woke business leadership as a group that might be amenable to reason, strictly in private of course, assuming that they are just going with the flow to maintaining a low profile.

    Those of us who don’t have to protect our livelihood or seek popularity to get votes or buyers have to be especially energetic. Peter Baldwin is a model for this stand, he is a lifelong social democrat but for the future of western civilization he stands with us. Check out his site. Memo to Peter, what if you post the link here, I am too busy to look for it:)

  2. Snoopy

    Instead of futile attempts to eradicate racism shouldn’t we be looking to identify a level of sustainable rascim?

  3. Roger

    The true racists are the ones who believe skin colour should have any bearing on political issues.

    TAKFAS really needs to invest in an English-Newspeak lexicon.

    Racism in Newspeak is White on Black-Brown-Yellow prejudice.

    Black-Brown-Yellow prejudice aimed at Whites is known as Social Justice.

  4. Chris M

    there may be some upsides to this cancel culture business

    Oh there is! As one Saul said hold them to their own rules – all songs that glorify violence and talk about Neejers must be permanently banned. Which pretty much ends the rap category. Then we start on Hollywood.

  5. 2dogs

    systemic racism

    While parts of a system that evolved, rather having been designed, might have a function that can be modelled and explained, it surely can’t have a design philosophy.

    For example, the human eye evolved -one can model and explain how it works, but you can’t tell me there principles chosen and implemented in creating its design – it simply evolved.

    So since our capitalism evolved – how can there be any design philosophies – racism or not – underlying it?

    The Marxists are so familiar with their own designed system that they don’t grok that the system they are opposing isn’t one that has been designed.

  6. Squirrel

    Indeed – Marx did a lot of his work in the British Museum Reading Room – an absolute monument to and epicentre of the white imperialist patriarchy (blah blah blah).

  7. BrettW

    For a second I was really concerned that Karl Stepanovic was in trouble again !

  8. Nob

    Most leftists think they are centrists.

    The ones who think they are leftist don’t think they’re extreme. They think anyone who espouses free markets and choice or who even complains slightly about tax is extreme far alt+right wing racist homophobe.

    Few of them think Marx has anything to do with them or know much about him.

  9. Walter Plinge

    A Geoffrey Sandford wrote in The Australian on 13 August 1986:

    Marx was a bum. In the common vernacular, which one assumes to be acceptable since he professed to sponsor the ordinary man, he bludged on everyone. He lived like a parasite in the only (reactionary and capitalist imperial Britain) country which would allow it.

    Can you seriously consider the USSR State allowing you or me to sit in the Great Moscow Library (assuming it had a fraction of the open works available to Marx in the London Library) day after day without working for a living writing a “learned work” on the death of the USSR system?

    Marx never worked in his life. He failed to support his wife and children. He rarely if ever honoured his contracts.

    Marx’s theories were demolished almost as soon as he published them. Eugen Boehme-Bauwerke (in 1884) in Capital and Interest demolished the economic basis of Marxism. Marxism may be superficially attractive, by appealing to prejudices, but it has failed to stand the test of rigorous intellectual analysis and predictive prognostic capability in the real world.

    One might reasonably ask why then, all these courses in Marxism at Australian universities?

    There is an interesting connection between Marx and Darwin brought about when the latter, on 26th December, 1879, wrote to Baron Von Scherzer: “What a foolish idea seems to prevail in Germany on the connection between socialism and evolution through natural selection”.
    A year later the redoubtable urger asked Darwin for permission to dedicate the English edition of “Das Kapital” to him. So there you have it. Socialism is survival of the fittest.

    What an interesting statement from Darwin on Marx and his fellow travellers, the socialists, who just happen to be in (temporary) control of Australia and apparently, according to your article in continuing control of Australia’s education.

    Survival of the fittest. That sums up socialism perfectly. All power to the centre and the others into the pit.
    It is precisely what the socialists accuse capitalism of being. It is the ultimate slander. How Dr Goebbels would have approved!
    No wonder our youngsters are rejecting this hideous creed and its basic untruthfulness.

    At a time when our children are, as any employer can tell you, becoming less and less literate. At a time when so called professional educators continue to tell us (who generate the wealth to pay their j wages) that specific education is not as important as “being all rounded” (whatever that means) can anyone please tell me why good money is being wasted on these irrelevant courses in deadly dull dishonest dogma?

  10. RacerX

    “ ‘systemic racism’ [or] ‘systemic oppression’, ….. really has no meaning that can be specified and tested in the way that one tests hypotheses,”

    Those possessing higher levels of emotional intelligence don’t need such hypothesis tested.

  11. Iampeter

    Marxist race thinking reflected common Lamarckian and Romantic-Nationalist assumptions of the era.

    And today’s conservatives are bringing this thinking back and how!
    Marxists and conservatives are another example of Blair’s Law in action.

    The true racists are the ones who believe skin colour should have any bearing on political issues.

    Right. But you believe in nationalism, that immigration should be regulated, want Trump to build a wall to keep Mexicans out and believe the non-issue of immigration – which is what those of us who actually don’t believe skin color shouldn’t matter think – is the defining issue of Western Civilization.
    How do you reconcile these two viewpoints? Or do you not realize that they need reconciling?

  12. And today’s conservatives are bringing this thinking back and how!

    That’s why I’m a Libertarian.

    But happy to vote for a moderate Classical Liberal party.

  13. Terry

    ‘How do you reconcile these two viewpoints?’
    Um, nationality is not race. To conflate the two is the work of an incompetent, a bigot, or both.

    ‘- which is what those of us who actually don’t believe skin color shouldn’t matter think -‘
    Why is it that the only truth you proffer comes in the form of an “own goal”.

  14. Rex Anger

    @ IamNotFollowingtheCurrentDemocratScript-

    DACA is not critical to winning the election any more, IamNPC. More pro-BLM material please…

    Furthermore, please stop projecting your Marxist predilections for colour-based division onto the right-leaning Cats. It’s leftist thinking on this Right-wing blog, it hasn’t worked in the 50-plus years that it has been bandied about as a tool of Revolution, and it (just like Renewable Energy investment) is utterly unsustainable once the money flow stops.

  15. Iampeter

    That’s why I’m a Libertarian.
    But happy to vote for a moderate Classical Liberal party.

    Sadly those don’t exist precisely because no one would vote for them.

    This is supposedly Australia’s right wing blog, but having individualist and capitalist positions is dismissed as “BLM material” and “Marxist.” These same nutters then think they are right wing.

    Politics today is progressive leftists vs politically illiterate leftist and raving loon conservatives. Pick your poison.

  16. Rex Anger

    IamNPC calls all who challenge his Marxist talking points ‘nutters,’ yet refuses to recognise that insanity is to use the same failed tactics over and over again, while expecting a different result the next time.

    How terribly ‘individualist’ and ‘capitalist’ of him

    Poor IamNPC…

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