It is becomming obvious that the “collapse of Communism” at the end of the 1980s was a false dawn. Not because various Marxist regimes did not collapse – i.e. that it was some sort of trick. No, in most cases (not all) the collapse was quite geniune and to be welcomed.
The reason it was a false dawn is because the economic and poltical failure of Marxism did not lead to the discrediting of the left – of the word “Communism” certainly (although none of European Marxist regimes actually claimed to have achieved “Communism” they were in the socialist stage that they taught would lead to the egalitarism of Communism at some future time – the claims made by Chinese Marxist regime under Mao and the Cambodian Marxist regime under Pol Pot were different), but not collectivist doctrine in general. Leftism (both Marxist and supposedly non Marxist) continued its “long march through the institutions” without pause – getting stronger (not weaker) with every passing year.
Alternative forms of collectivism (such as early 20th century American Progressivism – with its extreme nationalism and racialism) have largely been coopted into an international “leftism” (for want of a better word) that despises national independence as much as it despises the independence of individuals or the voluntary, self financing, associations of civil society. Instead supporting the aim of a world community based on collectivism and (eventual) egalitarianism.
It is important to remember that classical Marxism had mutated into various forms long before the 1980s. For example, as far back as the 1920s the Marxist Frankfurt School (known, when it expanded into the United States as the New York based School of Social Research whose doctrines dominate much of American academic and other life) had abandoned the idea that industrial workers would be the main force destroying “capitalism” and tried to lead, step by step, other groups of people into thinking that “the system” (which the “most advanced” members of such groups were to be told was “capitalism”) was causing all their problems and only a “new society” (which, again, the most “advanced” members of these groups would be told was socialism) would solve their problems – meanwhile “capitalist society” was to be attacked using these “cultural politics” ideas of victim groups (racial, sexual, whatever), thus such concepts as “political correctness” were born.
The reader is, most likely, getting bored at this point – “why does he not just tell us that Barack Obama is a Marxist, give us a little biographical evidence, and then stop – so we can go back to watching sport on television”.
Sorry I am not going to bother with that today – I have another example in mind.
What is the least leftist major nation in Europe? What major European nation is most known for its low taxes, sound finance, secure property rights and (tradtionally at least) conservative society?
I think almost everybody would say “Switzerland” well I was looking at the Swiss Constitution today and I was pulled up by something.
As should be well known in the 1990s (whilst we were asleep, dreaming of our “triumph over the left” with the fall of Communism) the left (both Marxist and nonMarxist – although the nonMarxist left use concepts developed by various schools of Marxism so it all gets bit messy) were busy – in all nations. For example, in Switzerland (quietly and with little fuss) they (and “they” includes many “modern” and “progressive” businessmen and women) got rid of the last links between the Swiss Franc and gold – and it was the last currency to have an gold limitation on its monetary expansion at all. But this is not the example I am thinking of.
Back in the early 1980′s I (along with a lot other people) came upon one of the more absurd tactics of the Frankfurt (cultural) Marxists. This one a lot of the nonMarxist left thought was as absurd as Cong fighters (such as myself and my friends) thought it was – indeed we used to laugh about it together.
The concept was “equal pay for work of equal value” – it was sold to feminists (both the more collectivist and the more just plain dumb type of feminist) as a wonderful “equal rights” or “anti discrimination” move. However, a moment’s thought showed it was both an effort to hand arbitrary power to the state (how would judges and so on decide what work was of “equal value” to other work, would they have a God like “valuation” ability – oh how we laughed, fools that we were), and an effort to smuggle in the labour theory of value (a false doctrine that Karl Marx took from David Ricardo – who, in turn, took it from some errors in the later years of Adam Smith) into the modern world, in spite of it being known for more than a century that the only way to put an economic value on work (or anything else) is to see WHAT SOMEONE IS VOLUNTARILY WILLING TO PAY FOR IT (not how many “labour units” it needs to produce it – or whatever).
I had actually forgotten about the absurdity – till I read the opening paragraphs of the Swiss Constitution (the one created in the 1990s to replace the Constitution of 1874) today.
You see there it was – the full and total absurdity. As a basic “right” the government of the Confederation of Switzerland was to ensure that there be “equal pay for work of equal value”.
However, this should not have shocked me. After all have I not for years (indeed decades) said that the left control the education system – and the best “educated” people (i.e. the people who absorb the most of the doctrines they are taught) get the key jobs – such as writing constitutions……..
It should not have shocked me – but it did.
I am clearly still not emotionally prepared for this world. A world where the left (including many people who do not consider themselves Marxists – indeed some would call themselves “liberals” and others “conservatives”) use far left concepts as the basis of their work – even the most absurd far left concepts.
Why not – it is what they were taught. And they were, after all, good students – that is why they are where they are today.
Thanks to the semi monopoly education system (dominated by government finance and standard rules and examinations – all a perfect environment for the left to control) the cultural (the political) power of the left is vast. Indeed they have almost total control of what Marxist call the “cultural superstructure”.
It is true that the policies of the left (both economic and social) always have terrible results and, therefore, the “common people” continue to have great doubts about “leftism” (again, for want of a better word), but policy is made by elites – and the left control education and (via this education) the culture the elites live in. In this way the left have vast power over policy – even the policy of people who belive themselves to be “liberals” or “conservatives” and no amount of failure really undermines this. On the contrary, the power of the left is continuing to grow.
Only by attacking the enemy at the source of their power (by breaking the iron grip they have over schools and universities) can the cultural and political power of the left really be broken.
Unless that happens, no amount of economic or social failure will really undermine the doctrines of “leftism”.
In short – civilization will fall, and a new Dark Age will start. A Dark Age on a globel (not just European) scale.