The very heart of Marx is God being spurned.
When will this lesson by poor men be learned?
“Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” is an old saying, but it is not always true. Words can have on their own a withering power to destroy an opponent. First prize in this respect must go to the word “anti-semite,” but in recent times the word “racist” is giving “anti-semite” a run for its money. Where has this obsession with “race” come from, and why has it become so wicked to be a “racist”? James Lindsay is a 43-year old American author and cultural critic of whom one would guess that he is of a generation which was born and bred in left-wing thinking, but which is beginning to come out the other side, as did in their time Dostoevsky and Solzhenitsyn. Lindsay has a clear explanation in two stages of how “race” has come to assume the disproportionate importance being given to it today.
In a first stage Lindsay shows how Marxism should rather be called Marxianity, because it is the sheerest of substitutes for Christianity. Lindsay says that this is very clear in Marx’s Notebooks from 1844, which are nowhere near as famous as Marx’s “Das Kapital” from 1867, but which may well be more significant and interesting. In a second stage Lindsay shows how the philosophic system of Marx, as a successor of the subjectivist Kant and the evolutionary Hegel, is in constant evolution, so that the Communist Revolution not only can evolve, but, as Lenin said, must evolve with the circumstances of the age. And it was another Jewish thinker, Herbert Marcuse (1898–1979), who in mid-20th century successfully argued that as lever for the Revolution the working-class was out of date and needed to be replaced – by race! Hence the quasi-religious importance of race, as a means of continuing to turn the world upside down.
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