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Thursday, May 3, 2018
NYT Celebrates Marx's Birthday With Op-Ed: 'Happy Birthday, Karl Marx. You Were Right!'
article appeared in the Daily Wire on April 30th
So, how was Marx
right — aside from the mountains of corpses created under the rubric of his
ideology? According to Barker, Marx was filled with “boundless intellectual
enthusiasm.” And Barker criticizes Marx’s reliance on Hegel: “If ever there
were a convincing case to be made for the dangers of philosophy, then surely
it’s Marx’s discover of Hegel.” But then Barker gets to his case:
Today the legacy would appear to be alive and well. Since the turn of
the millennium countless books have appeared, from scholarly works to popular
biographies, broadly endorsing Marx’s reading of capitalism and its enduring
relevance to our neoliberal age.
What, exactly, was
Marx right about? According to Barker, he was right that “capitalism is driven
by a deeply divisive class struggle in which the ruling-class minority
appropriates the surplus labor of the working-class majority as profit.” But
this is idiotic. Unless Marx could show involuntary removal of labor by the
upper classes, there was no basis for the accusation of labor “appropriation”;
that case still can’t be made in a free and open society. And as for Marx’s
“prescient … conviction that capitalism has an inbuilt tendency to destroy
itself,” that conviction isn’t prescient — it’s just true that Left-wing
intellectuals have ginned up opposition to the free exchange of goods and
services for political benefit.
But according to
Barker, Marx’s real contribution was his solution to the problem of
capitalism. What is his solution? There was “no magic formula” for exiting
capitalism. But there were “critical weapons” for doing so.
What were these
weapons? Deconstruction of the prevailing order. “The key factor in Marx’s
intellectual legacy in our present-day society is not ‘philosophy’ but
‘critique’…’[the] ruthless criticism of all that exists.’” Except for his own
premises, of course. But society itself could be changed through critique. Says
Jason Barker, enjoying a life far removed from reality
Racial and sexual oppression have been added to the dynamic of class
exploitation. Social justice movements like Black Lives Matter and #MeToo, owe
something of an unspoken debt to Marx through their unapologetic targeting of
the “eternal truths” of our age. Such movements recognize, as did Marx, that
the ideas that rule every society are those of its ruling class and that
overturning those ideas is fundamental to true revolutionary progress.
In other words, you’re
not an individual — you’re a widget created by the system. And enlightenment
thought can’t free you from your widget-dom — only destroying the prevailing
structure can. Identity politics can be the tool for destroying the system that
robs life of meaning:
We have become used to the go-getting mantra that to effect social
change we first have to change ourselves. But enlightened or rational thinking
is not enough, since the norms of thinking are already skewed by the structures
of male privilege and social hierarchy, even down to the language we use.
Changing those norms entails changing the very foundations of society.
This, of course, is
where the dead bodies come in. It turns out that human beings aren’t widgets.
They do have the capacity to choose, and they do have the ability to reason.
And treating everything you don’t like as a symptom of a system of oppression
leads you to treat individuals as either tools or obstacles to utopia. Marx
knew that and didn’t care. Neither, apparently, does Barker.
Thinkers for all of
time have looked for a way to transform the nature of humanity. They’ve all
failed. Their attempts, at a collective level, have led to genocides and
gulags. But so long as the dream of the new human being prevails, the whiff of
death will never leave the pages of Marx.