Thursday, January 02, 2003
Newest leading Republican starts by saving lives
SOMETHING TELLS ME the new Senate Majority leader may turn out better than Trent Lott.Posted by Peter Cuthbertson | 06:19 | Permanent Link |
Labour pseudo-conservatism versus Church socialism
IT IS TESTAMENT to how left-wing the C of E can be and how conservative this government can sometimes be that I now find myself siding with a Labour Home Secretary against the Archbishop of Canterbury. It should be interesting to see David Blunkett's full column when The Spectator is published later today.
Frank Sensenbrenner looks to be a promising new addition to Edge of England's Sword, meanwhile, asking a great question in relation to the ArchBish:
Most adherents can't understand this obsession with radical politics. After all, if Mr Williams has no problem with people's sexual preference, why should he care about marketing in business or politics?Posted by Peter Cuthbertson | 05:51 | Permanent Link |
Wednesday, January 01, 2003
Progress in the polls slowly being made?
THANKS TO IAIN MURRAY for pointing out an interesting piece by William Rees-Mogg on Tory fortunes. Quite simply, opinion polls always seem to exaggerate greatly the extent of the Labour lead, perhaps because Conservatives are more secretive about their preferences and less willing to admit to favouring the unpopular. A new idea of only recording the preferences of those who say they are certain to vote in the next election brings a surprising result to which Rees-Mogg believes IDS should raise a glass of champagne: the two main parties are neck and neck. That the column was written by "Mystic Mogg", who - as Boris Johnson put it - has predicted 12 of the last two recessions, should be a minor health warning, but the polls seem strongly to back him up. I hope he is right.Posted by Peter Cuthbertson | 19:55 | Permanent Link |
Marxist misery continues
THE ECONOMIST LOOKS AT Karl Marx and his continuing personal influence over a decade after his dream fell apart. The whole article is fantastic and much needed. The right seems to willing to deem Marxism dead and ignore it, leaving the field open for left-wingers to promote the man as a wise and prescient critic of capitalism. Few seem interested in taking on the 'Gulag deniers' who determinedly refuse to admit that Marxist socialism has any meaningful connection to the Leninist, Stalinist, Maoist legacy of mass murder, imperialism and tyranny. The right must continue to make the pragmatic and moral arguments against Marx, for his doctrine will always be destructive and evil.
Perhaps the truest and most striking observation of the column is that the anti-globalist critique of and attack on capitalism continues in exactly the form Marx began his own.
Marxist thinking is also deeply Utopian — another influential trait. The “Communist Manifesto”, despite the title, was not a programme for government: it was a programme for gaining power, or rather for watching knowledgeably as power fell into one's hands. That is, it was a commentary on the defects and dynamics of capitalism. Nowhere in the “Manifesto”, or anywhere else in his writings, did Marx take the trouble to describe how the communism he predicted and advocated would actually work.
Of course, Marxism as an economic ideal really is dead, for as the article points out, it now lacks even the class warfare that would make possible the overthrow of capitalism. Few would seek to justify the Marxist idea that hours of labour rather than demand should determine price now, or fail - as Marx did - to understand that capitalism is a non-zero sum game, where both parties benefit from every voluntary exchange. But socially, culturally, Karl Marx is much more secure. It is indeed a global truth seldom acknowledge that as the left has lost the economics battle, it has seized ever more powerfully to its social and moral arguments, turning so many free countries into politically correct societies where what was once normal and respectable is despised or virtually criminal.
The labour theory of value and the rest of Marx's economic apparatus may be so much intellectual scrap, but many of his assumptions, analytical traits and habits of thought are widespread in western academia and beyond.
Karl Marx's ideas led directly to tens of millions being murdered, poverty for even more, a cancerous, continuing attack on the very notion of civilisation and almost to a Third World War. Where it remains, his influence is as malign as ever, and good men should not give up the fight against him just yet.Posted by Peter Cuthbertson | 19:43 | Permanent Link |
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