Ted Malloch: The New Marxists in the US Congress
It appears it has all of a sudden become very fashionable to be a Marxist in the US Congress.
We now have an increasing number of Democrat Representatives and some Senators, willing to accept the mantle of Marx and rallying around outright Socialism.
The list includes, among others: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), as well as Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Harris (D-CA), and Warren (D-MA), others appear ready to follow.
This is a new phenomenon in American politics.
While Communist and Socialist parties have been around for many decades, they never had electoral success or a following in Congress.
Long a part of the European political landscape, Karl Marx and Marxists appreciated the importance of the connection between leftist progressivism and the economy, and they emphasized the connection between economic phenomena and other social institutions.
As government interventionists they have long argued for nationalization of industry, redistribution of wealth, class warfare, and greater state control over all of life.
However, their analysis was flawed[i] by (i) a dubious philosophical/historical thesis which claimed to be able to predict the determined future; (ii) and, a politicized agenda, both of which led to a host of predictions all of which turned out to be patently false.
Marxist policies, wherever they have been practiced — from the Soviet Union to Cuba and from Venezuela to North Korea — have led to bust and dictatorship.
Untold suffering has resulted, massive economic underdevelopment, and millions and millions of lost lives.
The abundant evidence demonstrates that Marxism and its variants, Russian, Chinese and others, have turned out to be utterly disastrous for humanity.
Oddly, the worst part of their intellectual legacy may have been introducing the term ‘capitalism’ itself.
Capitalism is a theoretical term for Marxists not a descriptive one.
To use the term is to unwittingly accept a lot of objectionable theoretical baggage.
Among the objectionable theoretical baggage is the claim that all social phenomena, including religious beliefs, are products of underlying material forces.
Using the term ‘capitalism’ is misleading and distorting; the Marxist term is an attempt to capture what some have called the logic of modernity, but it fails to do so economically, historically, or culturally.
Marx was just plain wrong.
Marxism has wrecked havoc and death wherever it has reared its ugly head.
The new Marxist Democrats are running on a platform of Medicare for all, a $15 dollar minimum wage, a 70-90% tax rate, an end to all PAC money, the end of the petro industry, and what is termed “social justice.” These new American socialists are out to transform America, making our country into a foreign and unrecognizable place.
Republicans, conservatives, and Trump would be wise to nip this in the bud and to call out this ilk for what they really are.
If Democrats were wise, they would do the same.
President Trump made this clear last night in his most convincing State of the Union address when he said forthrightly, he was “alarmed by the new calls to adopt socialism” in the United States — a statement that prompted some boos from his audience.
The president continued: “America was founded on liberty and independence and not government coercion, domination and control. We are born free and we will stay free.”
“Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country,”
Thanks be to God.