While reading a recently purchased music magazine ‘PASTE’, I came across an interview with alt.country, singer-songwriter, street-fighter Steve Earle. Apparently, he has a image of himself in the style of Che Guevera (uh-hem… something I have discussed in a previous blog) suitable for nailing up on telephone poles (or, the post office …)
“I’ve never belonged to a political party… I’m a lot closer to a Socialist than I am anything else, because I absolutely believe everything that Karl Marx said about economics”
I get damn tired of reading these kind of boneheaded quotes from artists…
especially artists I like.
Steve, have you really read everything Marx authored? Ever heard of The Communist Manifesto? In the treatise Marx promotes bloody violence and class warfare to reach his goal of a free and equal society.
Have you read Hegel? Marx’s mentor? Marx was a follower of Hegel, who was a statist. What that means is the State is supreme. The group has primacy over the individual and the state has primacy over the group. There are no individual rights. Individuals represent a lower form of reality. The State is absolute, a higher level of humanity. In Marxist thought individuals owe their obedience and compliance to this higher power.
Rights are socially defined. Rights are defined by the State, given by the State, taken away by the State. Individuals are not endowed by their Creator with unalienable Rights, among them Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, as our constitution states.
Marxist worldview does not tolerate the individual’s freedom of thought, freedom of speech, freedom of choice, free markets, FREEDOM! The individual is subservient to the state and its ideals, whatever they are. And it doesn’t tolerate non-conformity, Steve.
Where has this form of government been successful at promoting anything except forced compliance to the state? Communist states have been mostly very successful at murdering and torturing the unruly, disobedient worker. Ever heard of Pol Pot, Stalin, Mao? They were all Communists of the Marxist ilk.
This system would not endure Steve Earle singing about “F the CIA, F the CC, F the FBI”. This kind of rhetoric would likely get him imprisoned, tortured or killed.
So what is it? Do Steve and other celebrities who spout off about Communisim being a better system than the freedom we have here in the US, REALLY know and believe what they are saying? Or, do they have no idea what they are talking about?
Utopia is not an option.
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