Poor Marx

Posted in Communism, History, Intellectual History, Politics, Socialism with tags , , , , on August 4, 2010 by capitalistrevolutionary

I have just finished Isaiah Berlin’s Karl Marx: His Life and Environment. I can’t say I recommend it.

Karl Marx: His Life and Environment by Isaiah Berlin

What's with the text for a face?

A short ways into the book it becomes apparent that Berlin is going to present the book primarily from a Communist perspective. Berlin is not a Communist but a left-liberal, known in Europe as a social democrat or (more honestly) as a communist. Given Berlin’s history of making spurious distinctions (negative/positive liberty, Fox/Hedgehog) it is not surprising that his views on Karl Marx are not tempered by theoretical criticism or even any kind of frank historical analysis. This is, instead, a book about a Communist by a communist for communists. Which means no criticism of Marx either personally or ideologically, and no touching upon anything which will reflect negatively; like the fact that he was an unemployable scum-bag who constantly begged money and refused to get a real job and take care of his family. These things are but minor personal foibles in someone Berlin sees as a grand ideologist and forerunner of the liberation of mankind.

As I read the book I can not help but be reminded of Lord Bertrand Russell, who was supremely uncharitable with anyone who didn’t tow the left-liberal line and essentially parroted the kind of meaningless democratic swill which one has come to expect from twentieth century liberals.

Don’t read this book. Not only is it an absurdly rosy and apologetic picture of Karl Marx and his work, it isn’t even informative.

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A Note on Anti-Colonialism

Posted in History, Politics, Race with tags , , on July 29, 2010 by capitalistrevolutionary

This started as a reply to Austin Cline, who runs an Atheism blog for About.com. In it, Cline says:

Hinderaker doesn’t know any more about British colonialism (in India or elsewhere) than he does about evolution. It’s absolutely true that colonial powers added some value to their colonies — for example, in places like infrastructure. They failed in more significant areas, however — areas that would have allowed for post-colonial societies to succeed. These areas include education and local banking, for example.

I would suggest that Cline knows just as little about Colonialism, and since he is parroting the neoliberal/democrat line right here it evidences that he is basically economically ignorant.

First of all, why would it have been necessary for the colonial governments to ‘provide’ banking and ‘education’. It certainly hasn’t done a lot of good in the West when the government has ‘provided’ these ‘services’, and at the same time most countries in the West and the East provided these long before there was any kind of centralized government. Perhaps the failing is not with the colonial powers (who I am not defending, in particular, I think colonialism is a waste of money) but instead with the intellectual, cultural and social organization of the previously occupied cultures. Most of these countries basically fell apart when the white colonists left. Not because of some mysterious exegesis of ‘banking’ or ‘education’ which had never been present before the colonization anyway, rather it was because the local regimes and local populace were ignorant, criminal and infected with western ideas like welfarism, nationalism and socialism. It’s no wonder they turned into cesspools of civil war and slavery; and with the exception of China and a handful of other east-asian countries, they remain so to this day.

Those who blame the West for the failure of their former colonies are simply presenting the myth of the ‘white man’s burden’ all over again; the simple fact is that these countries suck for reasons largely their own fault.

Better Nazi than Red

Posted in Uncategorized on July 19, 2010 by capitalistrevolutionary

I am in support of Marxist and National Socialist liberation movements, not because of their socialism, but because of their opposition to global democracy and the New World Order. Better national socialism than global socialism. As the anarchist-capitalist Murray Rotbard said,

The recent rioting and virtual civil war in Northern Ireland points out, both for libertarians and for the world at large, the vital importance of pushing for and attaining the goal of national liberation for all oppressed people. Aside from being a necessary condition to the achievement of justice, national liberation is the only solution to the great world problems of territorial disputes and oppressive national rule. Yet, all too many anarchists and libertarians mistakenly scorn the idea of national liberation and independence as simply setting up more nation-states; they tragically do not realize that, taking this stand, they become in the concrete, objective supporters of the bloated, imperialistic nation-states of today.

Murray Rothbard on national liberation.

Apolitea

Posted in Libertarianism, Politics with tags , , on July 18, 2010 by capitalistrevolutionary

I want to live in a place where I don’t have to have a degree to know what I can be arrested for. I want to live in a place where I’m not surprised when something isn’t illegal. I want to have a house I own without having to worry about paying my yearly tithe for fear of repossession. I want to live in a place where crime is so rare that a gun draws no comment. I want to live in a place where authority is coextensive with responsibility. I want to live in a place where I don’t have to worry about other people’s morals. I want to live somewhere where I can drive drunk.

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The Alternative Right: I Can’t Say Anything Nice (But I Won’t Shut Up)

Posted in Alternative Right, Politics, Third Position with tags , , , , , on July 18, 2010 by capitalistrevolutionary

Swimming around in the murky depths of the quasi-, pseudo- and ultra-right are a vague collection of social philosophies generally known as the ‘alternative right’, with some connection to the ‘New Right’ of Europe. These groups generally share an advocacy of inegalitarianism, anti-communism and anti-capitalism combined with the most confused hodge-podge of social and cultural ideas I have ever seen.

On the one hand we have the Traditionalists and Evolaites who wish to return to an imaginary past, or emphasize the importance of what they call the Western Tradition, but is actually oriental mysticism and Steppe tribalism. Discontent with the modern world of welfare democracy and interventionism, they instead call for a return to these anti-Western and anti-civilization values. Economically they are usually producerist (i.e., welfare interventionists) and populists (i.e., democratic). Sometimes they advocate a return to a ruralist lifestyle, without seeming to realize that this would be suicide for the vast populations of the Earth. Not only are they not in the western tradition, they’re not even able to separate themselves from the ‘people’s state’ of the 20th century. On top of this they usually glorify some half-dead religion, or worse yet, some cranky Wiccan/Asatru bullshit that no one with a bit of sanity could take seriously.

The Western Tradition, or at least what made it unique and successful, was highly decentralized, non-identarian, externalist, rationalist, materialistic, urban, commercialist and innovative. Its hundreds of years of (approximate) capitalism formed the basis for its greatness and independence, and the 20th century has been anything but the ‘apex’ of Capitalism, rather it has been a revolt against Capitalism and all that capitalism (and consequentially reality) entail.

Then there are the National Socialists and National Bolsheviks. As these positions are so ridiculous and exploded even in the mainstream media as to require no refutation, I won’t even bother. I will only note that: 1) Socialism IS part of the western tradition, the Western Christian heresies were almost to a man socialist; 2) Socialism doesn’t suck any less just because white people have historically advocated it; 3) there is no alternative to capitalism as a social system; 4) whites (as a group) are intellectually and culturally inferior to asians and jews.

Standing somewhere midway between the Nazi Communists and the Ahistorical Traditionalists are the Third-Positioners. The Third-Positioners, exemplified by American 3rd Position, the British National Party and Fascist Italy, lack either the virulence and totalitarianism of the Nazis or the cultural Fetishism of the Traditionalists. Unfortunately, they also lack any coherent doctrines of their own. A rudderless smattering of meritocratic and socialist ideas, futurism and traditionalism, materialism and spiritual goobley-gock, the ‘third position’ is more like ‘no position’.

It Wasn’t the Fucking Jews

Posted in Jews, Race with tags , , on July 17, 2010 by capitalistrevolutionary

Popular fringe cranks like Kevin MacDonald, not to mention hoards of internet followers, love to draw extensive and obscure connections between Jews and everything. Some people assert that Hitler was an agent of the rabbis. The amount of control and foresight they attribute to these people is nothing short of mystical. Ludwig von Mises put it best in Omnipotent Government when he said,

Except for Christianity, the Nazis reject as Jewish everything which stems from Jewish authors. This condemnation includes the writings of those Jews who, like Stahl, Lassalle, Gumplowicz, and Rathenau, have contributed many essential ideas to the system of Nazism. But the Jewish mind is, as the Nazis say, not limited to the Jews and their offspring only. Many “Aryans” have been im­bued with Jewish mentality—for instance the poet, writer, and critic Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, the socialist Frederick Engels, the composer Johannes Brahms, the writer Thomas Mann, and the theologian Karl Barth. They too are damned. Then there are whole schools of thought, art, and literature rejected as Jewish. Inter­nationalism and pacifism are Jewish, but so is warmongering. So are liberalism and capitalism, as well as the “spurious” socialism of the Marxians and of the Bolsheviks. The epithets Jewish and West­ern are applied to the philosophies of Descartes and Hume, to positivism, materialism and empiro-criticism, to the economic the­ories both of the classics and of modern subjectivism. Atonal music, the Italian opera style, the operetta and the paintings of impres­sionism are also Jewish. In short, Jewish is what any Nazi dislikes. If one put together everything that various Nazis have stigmatized as Jewish, one would get the impression that our whole civilization has been the achievement only of Jews.

Doubtless someone will cite the fact that Mises himself was a jew, and therefor is simply covering their tracks. Any race as omniscient and omnipresent as some of these white (and black) nationalists imagine the Jews to be clearly deserve to rule of the human race. Obviously, they are superior to Europeans (and everyone else).

The Jews Made Me Stupid!

But, as a matter of fact, jews are superior to everyone else; though they are largely white they are the product of selective breeding for traits like wealth and social status and have formed elaborate counter-social organizations for their own advancement. This is supposed to be a sign of their wickedness, in fact it is a sign of their independence. Other than their persistent (and marginally justified) fear of the goyim, and inveterate political liberalism, jews hold their positions legitimately and through superior acumen. Even those jews who have gotten a job through nepotism have usually gotten it because of the superior ability of their patron. Nonetheless, the jews are not part of some vast, all encompassing conspiracy to foist capitalist-communism (you have to love Nazis, they can say this with a straight face) upon the world. No one is part of any such conspiracy – the socialists and democrats are, for that matter, quite open about their desire to spread pseudo-market socialism around the globe. The West has not been lost because of Jewish machinations, it has been lost because WASP elites are suicidal idiots.

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