Sponsored Content

Intermarkets' Privacy Policy

Donate to Ace of Spades HQ!

Recent Entries
Absent Friends
westminsterdogshow 2023
Ann Wilson(Empire1) 2022
Dave In Texas 2022
Jesse in D.C. 2022
OregonMuse 2022
redc1c4 2021
Tami 2021
Chavez the Hugo 2020
Ibguy 2020
Rickl 2019
Joffen 2014
AoSHQ Writers Group
A site for members of the Horde to post their stories seeking beta readers, editing help, brainstorming, and story ideas. Also to share links to potential publishing outlets, writing help sites, and videos posting tips to get published. Contact OrangeEnt for info
Cutting The Cord And Email Security
Moron Meet-Ups

General Mattis: Honorable Maverick Or Swampy Corporatist... | Main | Food Thread: I'll Drink Ripple Or Mad Dog, Thank You Very Much!
January 13, 2019

Some Philosophical Heft For The Defense Of Capitalism

The failure of Marxism is obvious both in its practice and its intellectual underpinnings. 10 minutes of observation on a playground or the equivalent in a library will provide ample evidence that socialism and humans don't mix.

But committed socialists are adept at a particular kind of argument: the facile, intellectually soft but impressive-sounding diatribe. it can be difficult to wade through their bullshit and attack the logical and philosophical failings of the most destructive and murderous political philosophy in history.

A "Right Side" to History? The Failure of Marx's Predictions About Capitalism, Part 1

One of the most common phrases to be heard from those on “the left” is the assertion that someone or some public policy is or is not on “the right side of history.” It has almost become a mantra by those who disagree with, hate or are fearful of ideas and policies proposed by those generally characterized as being politically on “the right.”

The notion behind it is that “history” moves in a particular direction, toward some set of specific goals and societal forms, with each step in the historical process representing a “higher” and “better” stage or level than the preceding ones at which “society” has been operating.

That one always irritated me, that there is some inexorable arc that we are destined to follow. Personally, I prefer free will.

Another thing that is useful to point out is that Marx was a profoundly stupid political observer. Dude...where is the socialist paradise? I thought it was supposed to be here already!

A "Right Side" to History? The Failure of Marx's Predictions About Capitalism, Part 2

Karl Marx and Frederick Engel’s Communist Manifesto was published in 1848. The first volume of Marx’s three-volume, Das Kapital (Capital), was published in 1867 (the other two volumes were edited and published after Marx’s death in 1883 by Frederick Engels). Marx was convinced that those middle decades of the nineteenth century were the twilight years of the capitalistic epoch of industrialization. His writings make it clear that he believed that the socialist revolution was right around the corner in his own lifetime.

From the perspective of 2017 – almost a 170 years after The Communist Manifesto went to press – his view of the nineteenth century seems as nothing more than wishful thinking by an anti-capitalist revolutionary who wanted to believe that the “worker’s state” was just over the horizon. There is not much excitement in being a “scientific socialist” (nor are you likely to draw many followers) if your pre-vision of the future on the basis of your theory of historical development leads you to believe that the socialist revolution is coming – but only 200 years in the future!

Think about what capitalism (free market economy is a better term) has created since Marx wrote of its imminent demise.

Go ahead...I'll wait.

&topic=world_news">digg this
posted by CBD at 02:15 PM

| Access Comments

Recent Comments
JQ: "Heatwave, Wolfus! It's only low 40s here ..."

Skip: "G'Day everyone ..."

Ciampino - Thank you but I don't need a fork....: "Hiccups = Air barfs ..."

Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere [/i] [/b]: "Up early. Have to decide if I will go work out. ..."

Skip: "Now I don't want to get up ..."

JQ: "Yeah, I've gotten so far as to pick up the phone t ..."

Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere [/i] [/b]: "[i]I remember the saga of poor Chekov... so sorry ..."

Ciampino - Thank you but I don't need a fork....: "281 How many people read the native language bein ..."

Noah Bawdy: "Locked out of everything again. ..."

JQ: "I remember the saga of poor Chekov... so sorry for ..."

Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere [/i] [/b]: "[i]Today was a bit *down* for me... Was at Dad' ..."

Farmer: "dude in MI-- How awful! My condolences to you! ..."

Recent Entries

Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64