In this latest blog I will analyse the relevance of the ideas of the Political philosopher Karl Marx to our present times. I will not look at the past legacy of Marxs ideas but as I have just stated his relevance to our present times.
However getting back to the theme of this blog. I will argue that some of Marxs ideas are very relevant to our present time. Although some of his ideas need updating.
I feel that Marx is correct in his view that capitalism tends to produce monopoly trading. This is very much the case in our present times as in each economic,industrial and financial sector just a few major companies tend to dominate. For instance Amazon and in the banking sector there is the tendency towards the monopoly of a few companies.
He has also been proved correct in my view regarding the instability facing the working class. The days of secure well paid jobs of the 1960,s are well and truly gone. Now in North America and Western Europe many well educated young people face a future of low paid casual employment.
After the political changes in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union from 1989 to 1991 many political commentators said that Marx ideas were now irrelevant. However there has been a revenge of history with the 2008 financial crisis. In fact banks and financial income is now mostly fictitious capital made up of numbers on a computer. Many capital economists are predicting a much bigger economic crisis than in 2008 in the next few years.
We are also facing the possibility of world war between Britain, USA and other western powers against Russia,China and Iran. So the world wide race for for capitalist profits by the western imperialist powers is looking like it could produce a major war in the future.
However one idea where I feel that Marx was wrong is in his total materialist atheist outlook. Evidence of near death experiences tend to suggest some sort of after life and spirit world. Perhaps we need a reformed type of idealist Marxism. I am sure that Gramsci would understand.
In conclusion Karl Marxs ideas are still relevant to our present times. Capitalism is still very much a two headed beast. Being able to produce technological advance but at the same time wars, injustices, inequality and economic instability.
So we need to mark his 200th birthday by trying to build a just humane peaceful socialist world.
Best wishes to all for the future.
This latest blog goes against the grain to a certain extent. As most socialists say that now that Corbyn is leader of the Labour party it has returned to its socialist roots. I will alas explain that this is probably not the case.
I left the Labour party in 1994 due to the dramatic shift to the right under Tony Blair. Many of the former Bennites on the left wing of the party slowly became Labour right wingers and supporters of Tony Blair. This is the main reason why I did not rejoin the party when Corbyn became leader as I felt that most of his Momentum supporters will slowly drift towards the right wing of the party. Particularly those that became councillors.
In fact this process has already began. Owen Jones has moved towards the right. The former Marxist Paul Mason has turned into a pro NATO anti Russian war monger. He is now try to sell us the fake ideology that we live in a post capitalist society. ‘Oh if thats the case then the bosses exploitation is okay’ Other Momentum supporters are already drifting towards the right and I expect this process to rapidly accelerate in the next few years.
So my personal experience is that the Labour party will always ending up supporting the capitalists against the working class and imperialist wars against the Southern half of the planet earth. So what we need is a new cadre type party. That is anti capitalist and anti imperialist.
This is why as a start on this process we should support the candidates of the three socialist party,s that are standing candidates against the Labour party in the May 2018 council elections. These are the Communist party of Britain, the Socialist Labour party and the Trade Union Socialist Coalition. These party,s candidates should be supported, as a vote for their candidates is a vote for socialism and a vote against war and imperialism.
Best wishes to all for the future.
Easter is in general considered to be a time of hope. Whether or not you believe in the resurrection of Jesus. The symbolism of the act of the resurrection gives humanity a message of hope.
This is very important for our present troubled times, with American imperialism so it seems determined to start world war three with Russia Iran and China. Also oligarchical capitalism seems to be heading towards a slave world of super exploitation and permanent economic instability.
What I feel we should do in these troubled times is focus on the act of the resurrection. However besides this of course we need to take practical actions and measures.
These would include getting involved in anti war campaigns like the Stop the War Coalition. Also get involved in anti corporate anti capitalist campaigns, so that we can build a peoples controlled economy.
So in conclusion tap into the hopeful energy of Easter 2018. But take positive action to change this troubled exploitative world.
Best wishes to all for the future.
President Putin landslide victory in the Russian presidential election is something that is very much to be welcomed. Also to be welcomed is the strong second place by Communist party candidate Pavel Grudinin and also the pathetic just over 1% vote for the western imperialist stooge Sobchak.
Of course the election has been held against the background of the sickening anti Russian hate campaign. The pathetic Skripal affair which has been shown by Craig Murray to be a western false flag. Of course if Russia wanted to kill him they would have done so why he was in prison in Russia.
However getting back to the Russian election. Russia is facing a grave external threat from the western imperialist powers. Read the Grand Chessboard by Zbigniew Brezezinski he arrogantly explains how America must control the whole Eurasian landmass including Russian. William Engdahls excellent book Full Spectrum Dominance explains the American policy of aiming for full control of the world both economically and politically.
Of course Russia,s defence expenditure is only 10% of the USA. It is also surrounded by hostile powers. Although Russia is lucky in having China as a powerful ally.
So clearly Russia needs a powerful strong leader in the present times. President Putin has defended the Russian economy and borders in these grave times from the western imperialist powers threats. What the west would like in control of Russia is a western stooge like Sobchak another Yeltsin who would hand over control of all of Russia,s resources to the west. Fortunately the Russian people are not going to stand for this.
I expect that the conflict between Russia, China and the western imperialist powers to continue for many years to come. I do not know if it will turn into a hot war. Of course I hope it does not. The western powers will never accept a multipolar world with Russia and China as wars and imperialism is in their blood.
As a socialist I would of course like to see a socialist Russia and a socialist world. Although capitalism does produce technological advances it also produces economic chaos and inequality. Also wars seem to be a permanent part of capitalism,s DNA.
In conclusion best wishes to all for the future and start fighting for peace,justice and socialism.
Now I must confess that the situation regarding Dulwich Hamlet Football Club affects me deeply. Non league football is in my blood. I supported Enfield FC giants of non league football until 1999 when the club chairman Tony Lazarou sold the ground for housing to property developers.
Dulwich Hamlet face a similar situation to Enfield FC. Dulwich was founded in 1893 and have four times won both the Isthmian League and the FA Amateur cup. The clubs landlords Meadow Residential basically want to evict the club and build housing on the ground. They are using the excuse of unpaid rent to evict the club. They have also taken legal action against the club to stop them using the clubs name Dulwich Hamlet FC. This is outrageous.
DHFC regularly attract crowds of over two thousand and the local community have rallied to the support of the club.The London mayor Sadiq Khan has came out in support of the club. Southwark council should place a compulsory purchase order on the clubs ground so the Dulwich Hamlet can continue to play at their Champion Hill ground.
DULWICH HAMLET FOOTBALL CLUB MUST SURVIVE.
Best wishes to all for the future.
The Italian general election result of 4/3/18 was certainly a political earthquake leading to political change. But the important question is will anything really change?
The Democratic party got the thrashing it deserved. Winning only 18% of the vote. It can no way be considered to be left wing. Supporting privatization, neo liberalism and European Union fascism. Along with a 30% youth unemployment rate.
Silvio Berusconi,s Forza Italia also performed badly in the election winning only 14% of the vote. The two big election winners were the Northern League polling 17% and Five Star polling 32% of the vote. The left wing Free and Equal party only won 18 seats.
Clearly the election result is a big defeat for the European Union. The Euro currency has been a disaster for Italy leading to massive unemployment,privatization and public expenditure cuts. Italians should be congratulated for making a stand against the fascist EU.
However now Italy,s political crisis really begins. There is talk of a coalition government between the Northern League and Five star. Both party,s claim to be anti EU. However Five star support populist economic policies but the Northern League more neo liberal economic so there may be problem about this coalition. Five Star have unwisely dropped their policy of holding a referendum on Italy,s membership of the euro currency.
I have a bad hunch that whatever the new make up of Italys, government they may do a syriza type sell out in Greece and give into the EU dictates. In conclusion as a socialist I feel what Italy really needs is an anti globalist left party that campaigns for Italy to leave NATO and the EU and supports public ownership and public investment.
Best wishes for the future to all.
As 2018 at last starts to kick in. My latest blog is written from a Christian point of view who suspects that the dualist analyst may be true. By this I mean that there is the good god Jesus and the evil creator god the demiurge who may have created our present world.
It seems to me that whatever we keep trying to do to make this world a better place, it still seems to stay the same old nasty place. Eternal wars, hunger,inequality,injustice and sickness.
OF course there is also the sad puzzle of the’law of the wild. By this I mean animals and other living creatures constantly eating each other alive. A very sad world indeed.
I suspect then that this world may be the shadow world created by the demiurge. As an alternative to the good aims of Jesus.
If it is the demiurge who created this world. Of course I could be cannot be certain of this. Then the question is what can we do to make this world a better place. I write from a left Christian perspective who supports socialism.
Basically I feel that despite the sickness and injustices that exist in this world. The key answer is to still keep on fighting for a better world. Also fight against the demiurge and the other dark forces operating in this world.
To do this I would suggest get involved in the anti war movement and trade unions. Also get involved in campaigns against the international corporate capitalist dictatorship. If you have any spare time try and to some voluntary work.
I would also recommend meditating twice a day as well as praying to Jesus. Also try and live a decent honest life. In conclusion do not give into despair keep on fighting for a better world. God bless you all.