PHOTO KARL MARX
“If we have no business with the construction of the future or with organizing it for all time, there can still be no doubt about the task confronting us at present: the ruthless criticism of the existing order, ruthless in that it will shrink neither from its own discoveries, nor from conflict with the powers that be.” – Marx’s letter to his friend Arnold Ruge, written in 1843, when he was only 25 years old.
LIBERTY. EQUALITY. FRATERNITY.
These were the ideals of French Revolution. Or, more accurately, of the European bourgeoisie. And these bourgeoisie was an entirely new class, simply, the industrial owner class.
At least in the European subcontinent, they brought a revolutionary change, by bringing an end to feudalism. They replaced it with a new system, and eventually colonized the entire world. This new system has a name: Capitalism.
Unlike previous systems, Capitalism is a world-system. It created an international division of labor. Yes, Capital transcends both time and space. What is Capital? No, not money, land, factory and technology; as your economics teacher taught you. CAPITAL IS A RELATION, A SOCIAL RELATION. It is a relation – in fact, an exploitative one – between the bourgeois and…
… the Proletariat, simply, the industrial working class!
Then what happened?
Karl Marx happened!
This Secular Jew saw everything in motion, simply because everything is in motion. Nothing is static and everything is dynamic. Moreover, this motion doesn’t happen in any abstract-ideal realm as ‘idealists’ believed, it happens in concrete-material reality which is informed by history.
This is called dialectical and historical materialism.
Capitalism ensures Liberty only for the bourgeoisie. There is no Liberty for child workers. Some of who work in inhuman condition, even in 21st century, in mineral resources mines of Africa.
Some of those mineral resources are used to make smartphones and laptops for people like us who can afford these devices.
WHERE IS LIBERTY FOR THE CHILD WORKERS?
In Capitalist States, all Citizens are equal. Before the Law. They all have the right to vote.
In Capitalist Markets, all Consumers are equal. Before the Rules. They all have the right to choose.
This equality hides something under its veil. What is it? REAL INEQUALITY BASED ON POWER AND PROFIT!
Fraternity. Unconditional kindness. All Men are Brothers.
In that time, as well as in our time, even ‘Socialists’ believed in this Hallelujah type slogan. They didn’t/don’t notice, women and kids were/are excluded, and Black/Indigenous men were/are functionally thought as lesser men. I just mentioned it for the record.
EVEN IF SOMEONE WAS/IS A WHITE MALE WORKER, EXACTLY WHAT FRATERNAL FEELINGS BOURGEOISIE HAVE FOR THEM WHEN THEY EXPLOIT THEM AND PIT THEM AGAINST NON-MALE NON-WHITE WORKERS?
Then was Marx against Liberty, Equality, Fraternity? Yes, but only in their bourgeois form! He was for Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity FOR ALL PEOPLE; which is possible only in Classless Communism.
Would bourgeoisie agree? Embrace proletarians? Singing Hallelujah?
No, they won’t. Not because they are demons or something. But because it’s against their class interest.
They will use the language of guns.
And you don’t fight guns with roses. Read Malcolm X or watch the movie. You’ll understand, why.
So, Marx changed the ‘humanist’ slogan so popular among pre-Marxian Socialists: All Men are Brothers (again, Hallelujah!).
He, along with his theoretical better half and another German Engels who was an industrialist’s son and a worker’s partner, gave international proletariat their battle cry:
WORKERS OF THE WORLD, UNITE!