The Tea Party is not Marxist, Marxism is dead

Half Sigma says the Tea Party is Marxist. He should re-read his Marx.

Marx saw the great divide as the divide between the owners of the means of production and the workers. The Tea Party is therefore (obviously) not Marxist, since the Tea Partiers are classic owners of the means of the production – in the Marxist sense. They virtually all own their homes, many own businesses and nearly all pay taxes (something that only 50% of the population does).

The Tea Party springs from the divide that is created by all democracies – the divide between the workers/producers and the great unwashed and their political enablers.

I like some of Half Sigma’s writing, but he often makes sweeping statements like this one that are, at best, only half true. If you want a thoughtful analysis of this conflict – instead of some random, half-formed thoughts – try this. To help you get started, the OV’s are the Tea Partiers. As you’ll see quickly, they share nothing in common with Marx’s proletariat.

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7 Responses to The Tea Party is not Marxist, Marxism is dead

  1. robert61 says:

    I wish Moldbug would get back on his reactionary high horse. I miss his stuff.

  2. aretae says:

    I respond chez moi, but I also have a quibble that I’ll air here. You say:

    “The Tea Party springs from the divide that is created by all democracies – the divide between the workers/producers and the great unwashed and their political enablers”

    Contrarily, we’ve never NOT seen that issue. It’s not JUST endemic to democracy. It’s endemic to stable society. Only solution is regular shaking-up.

  3. Genius says:

    Indeed. I’ll certainly forgive him if he’s writing a book . . .

    He’s not writing a book. He’s writing an operating system. As if we don’t already have plenty of those.

  4. Genius says:

    The Tea Party springs from the divide that is created by all democracies – the divide between the workers/producers and the great unwashed and their political enablers.

    I’d say it’s more like a divide in all societies between those who are net contributors to public funds and those who are net recipients of public funds. This might put you in the recipients camp, but on the other hand, you can always be like one of those French priests who joined the Third Estate.

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