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CENTRAL VIEW for Monday, September 21, 2020

by William Hamilton, Ph.D.

Nothing to see here. Itís just Marxism

Baffled by the burning and looting you see in Seattle, Portland, New York, Chicago, Oakland, and other Democrat-run cities? Donít be. Although the pretext for the violence is disparities in the treatment of people of color, what we are seeing is what the Socialists, in their quest to destroy Capitalism, have done throughout history.

But that does not mean Socialists always take the same path to the destruction of Capitalism. There has always been a split in the Socialist Movement between Socialists who strive for the immediate and total collapse of capitalist regimes and the Revisionist Socialists who are willing to cooperate with existing regimes to achieve some incremental improvements in the living conditions of the Working Class.

The Revisionists contend a rested, better-fed Working Class would have more energy to defeat Capitalism than a bunch of starving "draw the sword and throw away the scabbard" Revolutionaries. But the violent Revolutionaries argue that the crumbs thrown to the Working Class from the Capitalistís table of plenty reduce the ardor of the Working Class for violent Revolution.

The writings of Karl Marx, which are foundational to the BLM (Be Like Marx) Movement, stress the need to "pauperize" the Working Class as quickly as possible. Marx wrote that by making working conditions worse, Verelendung (pauperization) would hasten the Zusammenbruch (collapse) of Capitalist economies. Writing in 1966, Columbia University professors Richard Cloward and Francis Piven urged the Democratic Party to overload Americaís welfare and other social-service systems to the point of collapse.

What we are seeing played out in Americaís violence-troubled big cities is the attempt by BLM and Antifa to use a handful of police mistakes and the Covid-19 virus to drive down the U.S. economy into Verelendung (pauperization) in the hope of an economic and political Zusammenbruch (collapse) ahead of the 2020 elections. Prolonged virus lockdowns in Democrat-run states and cities fit hand and glove with the Marxist doctrine of pauperization and collapse.

With todayís Democratic Party platform written by the Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders and by AOCís Marxist mob, the election of Joe Biden (actually, Kamala Harris) would usher in a new era of full-blown Socialism, replacing the rather milquetoast Revisionist Socialism the U.S. Ruling Class (think Deep State) has engaged in since the end of World War II.

Amazingly, some corporate CEOs within our Ruling Class (Leninís useful idiots. Think NFL, Disney, Apple, Airbnb, among others), foolishly believe making accommodation with BLM and Antifa will provide them immunity from their ultimate destruction. But even social media and Silicon Valley would have to come under government control (think non-stop National Public Radio.)

A few of Americaís labor unions are providing foot-soldier support for BLM and Antifa. Come the Revolution, Americaís Working Class will be laboring in state-owned factories or on state-owned collective farms.

Has any of this happened before? Yes. So, move on. Nothing to see here. Just the same old Marxism that, world-wide, has claimed between 110 and 140 million victims.

Suggested reading: The Communist Manifesto. Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, 1848. Atlas Shrugged. Ayn Rand, 1957. The Proud Tower. Barbara W. Tuchman, 1962. How Democracies Perish. Jean-Francois Revel, Translated, 1983. Americaís Thirty Years War. Balint Vazsonyi, 1998. The Socialist Temptation. Iain Murray, 2020.

(c) 2020. William Hamilton. -30-

©1999-2020. American Press Syndicate.

Dr. Hamilton can be contacted at:
P.O. Box 2001
Granby, CO 80446

Email: william@central-view.com

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