Wouldn’t it be the pinnacle of irony of I got cancelled for exposing cancel culture?
Read on and you will see why I might.
As long as cancelling people for their beliefs remains a thing, can we get the Cancelistas to cancel Karl Marx, a grisly, old, European white dude, who was an anti-Semitic, bigoted, and misogynistic racist?
Or is that too close to home?
The political left has run around for years trying to destroy people and things they THINK are racist but par for the course, they are not. Most who hew to collectivist ideologies do not even know the history of their own views.
This may get me a whack with the ban hammer for using the “n” word, but this a direct quote from an 1862 letter from Marx to Engels:
“The Jewish nigger Lassalle who, I’m glad to say, is leaving at the end of this week, has happily lost another 5,000 talers in an ill-judged speculation. The chap would sooner throw money down the drain than lend it to a ‘friend,’ even though his interest and capital were guaranteed. … It is now quite plain to me—as the shape of his head and the way his hair grows also testify—that he is descended from the negroes who accompanied Moses’ flight from Egypt (unless his mother or paternal grandmother interbred with a nigger). Now, this blend of Jewishness and Germanness, on the one hand, and basic negroid stock, on the other, must inevitably give rise to a peculiar product. The fellow’s importunity is also nigger-like.”
These are Marx’s own words – and a twofer – anti-Semitic AND racist at the same time!
Where the left imputes racism into a colorblind system like capitalism, it is a built-in feature of communism. For ole Karl, racism wasn’t separate or contradictory from his collectivist ideological views.
It should come as no surprise that Marx saw blacks as “backwards”, writing to Engels in 1866 that :
Tremaux [French ethnologist Pierre Tremaux] “proved that the common Negro type is the degenerate form of a much higher one … a very significant advance over Darwin.”
Marx used the “science” of the times to caricature the African community as backward people.
Marx believed there would eventually be no need for nations, because the workers of the world could unite without the need for countries – but before that could happen, the “backwards” peoples, including some ethnic groups and nations had to be swallowed up by more powerful groups of the world and join the worldwide revolution for communism – or be eliminated before “progress” could occur.
Of course, Marx believed this brand of sociopolitical evolution was inevitable and scientifically proven.
So, I guess you could say that it was the “settled science” of the day.
So, if the host of “The Bachelor” is getting cancelled for defending a woman for wearing a dress and going to a party three years ago that the Cancelistas determined was problematically “racist”, why is Marx still a thing?
The fact is that those who cry “racist” the loudest are racists themselves – and not so surprisingly, Marxism is the common thread, their unifying belief system. From the Black Panther Party and the Students for a Democrat Society in the 60’s to BLM today, revolutionary Marxism is the base ideology.
How curious it is that they have adopted an ideology created by a man who, if alive today, would see them as less than human.
But if you are looking for intellectual honesty from the contemporary left, you are out of luck. You have a greater probability of finding a leprechaun’s pot-o-gold or an honest person in Washington.
Why, it is as if none of this is about racism at all. Perhaps it is just about a wedge or lever the left can use to obtain the power they believe they so richly deserve?
If you study Marx’s writings, as I have, it becomes pretty clear he has an open disdain for the common people he pretends to champion. His own theory of the “dictatorship of the proletariat” requires a culling of “undesirables” and even then, he acknowledges that such a “total democracy” requires a power structure to create and manage the plans for all aspects of socioeconomic and political life.
In perhaps the greatest bait and switch scam in the history of confidence schemes, Marx’s brand of communist economic organization is nothing less than a prescription for the concentration of power within a few elites, rather than the promised dissolution and dissemination of power to the people.
Paul Kengor’s “The Devil and Karl Marx” (and Marx’s letters themselves) should be required reading, especially for both the Congressional Progressive and the Congressional Black Caucuses.