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    Why Marxism Shifted from Economics to Culture - Ron Paul Had It Right

    https://mises.org/wire/why-marxism-s...nomics-culture

    In his recent Reason magazine article, senior editor Brian Doherty assures readers that “cultural Marxism” is nothing but mere “paranoia” conjured up by the “conspiratorial right” to provide cover for their hate of “multiculturalism and gay rights and radical feminism.”

    He openly mocks the idea that the unmistakable uptick in identity politics these last few decades has anything to do with “sinister machinations of commies striving to enslave us.”

    One must be “mistaken” and “foolish,” according to Doherty, to believe that such concerted efforts to build coalitions based on racial, national and gender identities to replace the economic “class” identities of classical Marxism is anything more than “dubious conspiratorial theories.”

    Doherty’s stance is especially puzzling, however, given the fact that socialist leaders have openly written about this strategy for decades.

    Take, for instance, the 1985 book Hegemony and Socialist Strategy, written by socialist theorists Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe. Indeed, the ideas that inspired the book were captured in an article by Laclau and Mouffe published with the more telling title “Socialist Strategy, Where Next?” in the January 1981, issue of Marxism Today.

    The article begins with the authors proclaiming that the “socialist political struggle” was occurring in a new landscape. They argued that “the traditional discourse of Marxism, centered on the class struggle and the analysis of the economic contradictions of capitalism, has had great difficulty coming to terms.”

    Laclau and Mouffe wrestled with how to overcome this challenge and effectively “modify the notion of class struggle” to include groups not easily categorized into an economic ‘class’, vis-à-vis their relationship to the means of production.

    Their desire was to figure out how to incorporate “the new political subjects — women, national, racial and sexual minorities, anti-nuclear and anti-institutional movements, etc.” into a socialist movement traditionally identifying people by class.

    This new revolutionary strategy that evolved over time, the authors observed, demanded “the possibility of conceiving political subjects as being different from, and much broader than classes, and as being constituted through a multitude of democratic contradictions which the socialist forces had to take into account and be able to articulate.”

    This sounds an awful lot like Ron Paul’s Facebook post Doherty cites, which read: “Marxists just shifted their ‘exploitation’ schtick to culture: ― women exploited by men; ― gays exploited by heterosexuals ― The old exploited by the young ― and vice-versa ― This list goes on and on.”

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    I also like the other interpretation of Cultural Marxism...brainwashed idiots too dumb to realize they're secretly advocating for communism.

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    Marxism does better in the softer sciences, since those sorts of claims are more difficult to disprove.

    Hence it perseveres in literary analysis after being booted from economics departments, having never made inroads into physics at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by r3volution 3.0 View Post
    Marxism does better in the softer sciences, since those sorts of claims are more difficult to disprove.

    Hence it perseveres in literary analysis after being booted from economics departments, having never made inroads into physics at all.
    They were never booted from economics departments. Keynesians are still doing very well. Using economy to drive a wedge in one of the most prosperous countries on this planet is laughable however.



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