John McDonnell was asked this question and seems to have had difficulty answering it. Leading to the obvious conclusion that of course, he is a Marxist….shock horror to all right-thinking people. He probably sees himself as a Marxist, a man with a scientific insight into the fundamentals of the misfiring capitalist economy. Except for err…he really isn’t.
John and the assorted collection of shhhhhhhh “Marxists” in the ranks of the Labour party are not Marxists at all. They are socialists and not only that their confused “messaging” reveals that they are not really democratic “socialists” but nasty trolling socialists who would like to use the bourgeois state to take control of the economy and that includes its workers and of course silence dissent. Real Modern Marxists would accept as Marx would have, the bourgeois values of freedom of speech, of conscience, of lifestyle, of contract, choice and consent but reject the bourgeois state which crystalised exploitation and the exclusion of workers from decisions about the economy.
When has the state really represented the workers and promoted worker involvement? Whether it is the 1970’s and the state on behalf of the workers was “running” industries like rail or coal mining or the 1920’s with Lenin’s Russian state “running” industries on behalf of workers, workers never feel particularly empowered.
So our “Marxists” as they unashamedly promote, simply want to run the economy under public ownership as though they owned it. This is the tried and tested model of failure we have seen for nearly a century. Our “Marxists” are simply public ownership socialists who tax and spend using debt. Not fully grown up Marxists. Our observations, however, beg a very important question, If McDonnell et al are not Marxists, who is?
Well, we are nearer to it than any socialist can ever be. We believe in redistribution of wealth but unlike “Marxist” McDonnell we don’t count debt or it’s derivatives in the form of free market profitability as wealth. We don’t see the state as being anything other than a burden on workers who have to pay tax to pay for inefficient waste and an army of bureaucrats meddling in the economy. We believe in worker involvement in the economy and society via a wide legislative structure and not the 18th-century party system. For an example of what a modern democratic Marxist might believe, and we are not being big headed here, please read our manifesto.
Going on twitter is an absolute eye-opener onto the state of the current political and economic narrative being peddled by left and right alike. We want to scream “a plague on all your (political) houses”. But where to start? As we registered on 19th November 2017 we have only a few twitter followers. So we have to “tweet” comment to an interesting array of the self-appointed twitterocracy who whether left or right singularly miss the people’s point that the system is at best rigged and at worst broken. So with the brevity of Twitter lets pick up two or three big-ticket issues missed by the left and right and comment.
Number one on the left wing is the nieve belief that the economy dependent as it is on debt can fund an even more active and interventionist state. They all queue up to extoll the merits of their version of Marxism singularly failing to grasp that Marx’s proletariat was creating social and economic value which was brought into existence by the capitalist’s production methods and is then misappropriated by the capitalist. The state then takes this value back on behalf of the worker. So far so 19th century. Today the economy relies on debt to provide the services people expect, but the state top slices tax income and uses debt to ensure it can pay for itself. Nice work if you can get it.
Now the right. Margaret Thatcher oversaw what in the 1980’s was a radical policy of selling council homes. This was and still is seen as a way of nurturing Tory voters. However, this “revolution” was tied in with relaxing the financial sector and the slow remorseless shift of work away from Britain to China and countries that paid a “world” wage level as opposed to an “unaffordable” western one. What happened was that we in the west stopped making stuff and began consuming cheap stuff made in China. The old industrial-scale manufacturing and extractive economies in the west became a “marketing and sales” economy and this has, in turn, become a kind of economic “bandit country”. Now making money, not creating value is the “supply side” and the “demand side” is consumption paid for with debt both government and private much of it backed by house price value. Thatcher wasn’t to blame she couldn’t join the dots up, but the bankers could and still are
Finally, the context of this mess is the canvass upon which politicians try to represent the people. On the left, the solution is government jobs and more debt welfare and healthcare without a thought about final economic collapse. On the right, it is to treat the unemployable victims of the world labour market as failures and to manage the decline of their communities whilst finding ways of passing the cost of the whole sorry mess onto the people, via low wage employment, student debt, and adult social care costs paid from the estate of the deceased, oh and more debt but not as much as under Labour.
With both parties so spectacularly missing the point about the true nature of the British economy the only conclusion we can come to is OMG!!.
There are many reasons to look back on the period between 1997 and 2010 with regret. Blair promised “Cool Britannia” but gave us the laughable claim to end “Boom and Bust”, the death of David Kelly, the war in Iraq, the Bank or rather debt crisis, wasteful Millennium projects, sucking up to US neo-Cons and the nonsense of Post neoclassical endogenous growth theory. All were and some still are calamitous policies that have weakened and indebted Britain and the British worker because we were persuaded Blair knew best. British history is confirming Blair knew how to look after himself best at the expense of Britain as a nation no more and no less.
There is one issue which is only now beginning to emerge as a “crisis” and that is the mental health of the young. Again the “left” are banging on about resourcing when the problem is with the usual time delay for cause and effect squarely down to the period from 1997 onwards. The Tories can’t struggle off the leash entirely but the policies that affect the young are essentially Blair’s.
In 1997 and leading up to the hubris of the millennium young people were seen as the saviours of Britain. Young people were to be “invested” in and schools would deliver bright millennials who would deliver the “cool Britannia” success promoted by Blair. At that point, the “Cool Britannia” brigade were not millennials but Thatcher’s Children or even pre Thatcher, Pop idols and TV people in their 20’s and 30’s. Still, they could be “culturally appropriated” by Blair and of course they were.
The real millennials were fed a diet of New Labour Hubris, had to endure an education system which took away the competition and promoted an unrealistic sense of equality by “coursework assessments”. Grade inflation was the means of persuading parents that children were getting brighter and that a university education would transform working-class lives for young people. There was also a “gifted and talented” programme for anyone who could hold a pencil the right way up. Money was given to students in tertiary education, most of it went on drugs and booze. These were woolly and naive aspirations with “shonky” mechanics underpinning the social engineering.
However what has created the current Mental Health crisis amongst the young isn’t just the woolly New Labour thinking of their early childhoods or its less deranged but not yet wholly abolished form, today. It is the social and economic context within which all this naive social engineering was and still is operating. Add in the breakdown of all too many families, and the stress of single parenthood and you have just about the worst context within which to lack wealth, have debt and possess a second-rate degree.
The outcome of the whole lot; social engineering, educational tinkering and context, from 1997 to the present day has in too many instances resulted in more crime from the unemployed second generation ex-industrial and agricultural workers; and rising levels of mental health problems for the employed working and middle classes. So how do we analyse the problem at Blue Revolution? And what would we do to put it right?
Firstly the workplace was described as a place of opportunity for the new graduates. How many proud parents from derailed working class communities believed that a student loan was money well borrowed. Whilst their proper working class jobs might have been rendered uneconomic by the standards of the global labour market, their kids with degrees would be able to cut it with the worlds best. Or perhaps not. The market for degrees is unlike the state education system, overall fiercely meritocratic. Having borrowed to get their degree the youths returned to their working-class communities to the sort of work they were doing before they left. The additional problem for many was that unskilled migrants had taken up much of the “work offer” limiting opportunities whilst driving the wage level down to the minimum wage. (NB the minimum wage was needed by New Labour because without it mass immigration would have resulted in starvation wages for working people). The minimum wage has become the maximum wage for too many young people.
So that’s the impact of the unplanned for globalisation of labour, student loans and too few good jobs for the thousands of graduates the system churned out, immigration and the minimum wage. If that were not enough, what else has contributed towards the mental health problems of the young?
Well, “economic reality” affects the poorer young more than say someone like Euan Blair. Most of the graduates from the run of the mill Uni’s know they have been ripped off to help keep a supplicant socialist industry funded. Higher education (like most of the education sector) is the “intellectual” wing of the Labour Party and so who cares if a few poorer kids get into debt to fund this important left-wing leaning national industry.
So with all the disadvantages of competing at the bottom end of society, with debt and diminishing opportunities in their own communities, the poorer student has to stand back and watch as the sons and daughters of the elite, more often than not a taxpayer-funded elite, hoover up the few decent jobs that there are in what apart from “the City” remains the lucrative part of the labour market, the top ranks of politics and the public sector.
The students from poorer backgrounds have the same expectations as the Blairs. Blair was great at selling a dream. Unfortunately, it was a dream few could achieve. So the final insult to the poorer young and students is that they are given a sense of personal failure. This isn’t delivered in the usual way by pushy parents. Modern poorer parents are genuinely sad about their children’s limited opportunities with debt and worthless degrees, and sad about their own gullibility at believing the worthless Blair mantra “education, education, education”. So the expectation that creates the sense of personal failure is the hubris of new labour and it’s belief that supporting a client “industry” like education with student debt was a way of killing two birds with one stone and delivering “Cool Britannia” and making most of Britain’s young globally competitive.
Unfortunately, we can see now that with weak economic fundamentals this hubris is causing depression, feelings of hopelessness and catastrophe. This is however only amongst poorer kids with their debt, worthless degrees, no home too “own” and the prospect of losing what little inheritance they might get as the state, supporting another “industry”, cares for their ageing unemployed parents.
On a positive note, at least we can see the state sorting out the problem by piling money into “Mental Health”. Perhaps however if the present “state” were to shrink and let people run the country with some semblance of a constitutional monarchy we wouldn’t need a Mental health “industry” at all. Just a thought.
PC could stand for many things in addition to Political Correctness. It could stand for policy confusion, political censorship, psychological conditioning, or it could stand for proceed cautiously or it could stand for all four.
As economic determinists we believe we understand the urge for political correctness-after all we are more equal and deserving of respect. So it somehow feels right for the “PC brigade” to stand up for minorities. However whilst the historical process of tearing us away from tribe or feudal overlord is in the western world almost over, the process of achieving this was a legacy of capitalism. Capitalism’s need to establish bourgeois values like freedom based on contract, choice and consent meant that speech or thought, or expression should not be subject to illegitimate control as they had been in the centuries preceding the late 17th century. No wonder the hard left hate these values, they are after all bourgeois.
But bourgeois values are not the same as bourgeois institutions which (with the exception of the constitutional monarchy) the hard left want to maintain. They misunderstand the fundamental difference between bourgeois values and bourgeois institutions and they thus misunderstand how corrosive PC is to our bourgeois values and in particular freedom of speech and freedom of thought.
The bourgeois origins of our freedoms should not be used to dismiss their importance to us now. When we try to protect the more vulnerable members of our communities with PC values that strike before even the law can intervene, we are behaving in a pre bourgeois, and thus also a pre socialist and pre freedom way (socialism is capitalism’s first born!). The problem with PC is that it is essentially about protection from being “offended”. To the shiny new Oxbridge undergraduate who is excited about protecting the trans community or the disabled, PC isn’t seen as a justification for control. But it is just that. It is a means by which bourgeois values of freedom, including freedom of speech can be brought under someone’s control. With Political Correctness we are back in the pre capitalist world of illegitimate authority and control over thoughts and expression, control over ideas and behaviour. Control over who can think what and why.
To put this into some kind of perspective imagine if, after we had accepted that the bourgeois notion of “freedom of speech” could be compromised to avoid causing offence we were faced with a growing demand from people who felt “offended” about shaking a woman’s hand and demanded more segregation. Or people “offended” about unmarried parents and demanded controls on behaviour to prevent “illegitimate” children. We would be back in the 16th century.
Once you protect from “offence” where do you stop. In such situations as above the progressive legacy of our 18th century bourgeois revolution would have been squandered and progressive thinking reversed on the altar of trying to be nice and not offend.
To avoid a calamitous waste of three hundred years of bloodshed and social evolution we should all grow up, grow a thicker skin and continue to evolve as a species rather than return to an earlier simpler world where we are told what to think based on factors such as our gender, social position, race or sexuality. We no longer want people to know their place unless we are a hard left neandertal in which case we actually do. So with PC we say proceed with caution or simply abandon the project altogether.
What happens when the democratic process in the Western world fails to deliver elected administrations that can run the State and preserve the Nation on behalf of her people? In the past the solution to the problem of failing States was revolution of a gory and bloody kind. In Britain and the US and elsewhere, whole Nations of people are struggling to find a party who is capable of reflecting the complex demands of the 21st in the way their Nation is run by their State. Nations of individuals all of whom have different demands and expectations, be they social or economic are thus being let down by their State. Just look at the long term unemployed to see this failure at its most stark.
The problem for the Labour party is that it is a party of the Socialist State, not a party of the individual. Marx stated clearly a socialist’s job was to wrestle power, wealth and privilege off of the capitalist and create a socialist State. This is basically what we have now, a State that since WWII has introduced a system of state ownership, regulation and welfare. However Marx also said the story concludes with the State “withering away”. This withering away is the transfer of power to the people. The Labour Party can’t do it because socialism makes it is a party of the State. It would have to abolish itself in the process of passing “power to the people”. So a State run by a Labour Party under Corbyn will consolidate power not give it away….Scary stuff if you listen to them ranting on.
The Tories are not wedded to the notion of the state running the Nation like an expensive ideological experiment as are Labour. However their pragmatism maintains the status quo in a fast moving world. Thus we are left tottering on the kerb as the rest of the world shoots by. The Tories need to grasp that being less ideological, it is they who are best placed to deliver more power to the Nation’s People. But they are unlikely to do so for similar reasons to Labour. Preservation of the party brand.
To save the British Nation, Labour need to get over themselves as a party and hand power to the people not their party and the Tories need to realise that the future of Britain and the survival of her values is more important than even the Tory Party.
Dramatic things happen over centuries not decades. Since Britain consolidated into a “Nation” it has been run by something called the “State”. From time to time the “State” under performs whether that is a Plantagenet king or a whole system like the Feudal System. When that happens like today there is pressure for change and then a revolution.
Today we have a “State” that is indebting us. Each one of our two main parties wants to take over the “State” and run it badly, on our behalf. One party is well intentioned but committed to managing the “State” with no real understanding of what is wrong with it, the other wants to crank up the debt and control our lives on a scale unknown for hundreds of years. There is a real prospect that being a Tory or a Person of Jewish faith could become illegal the Corbyn “left” hate them so much.
What happens when the “State” has bankrupted the Nation and has consolidated its power. We don’t know yet, it will probably involve anti semitism and misogyny amongst other delights, but we know how it happens and it is happening now. Support a Blue Revolution and halt the decline.
The Labour Party conference was typical of a reunion of old left wing windbags. Living the dream of “smashing the hated Tories” decades after the Tories stopped being a threat to anyone but themselves. Corbyn really believes he has set the country on fire with his skilled orations. In reality though his supporters have no idea what is really going on, who is shafting who and what they should do about it. So they buy into the simplicities of 1970’s “socialism” because it is a familiar blast from the past for many, and beats returning to pot smoking or thinking for yourself. Get the megaphone out and chant “what do we want…..the Tories out…..when do we want it……NOW!” It’s a great way to stay fit and get some fresh air in middle age. For the Facebook generation it’s simply about shifting their debt onto the States books.
One thing Comrade Corbyn did get right however was that politics has drifted the “centre ground” to the left….He isn’t totally stupid. However the Tories having moved left don’t really have the intellectual heft to understand why they have had to do that. They think it is because Corbyn’s ideas are so compelling, to stand any chance of power in the future the gravity of politics has to move towards Corbyn. Of course this is nonsense.
Politics moved the centre ground to the right under the hated Blair and stayed right through Brown and Cameron emerging still right wing but failing under Mrs May. Up until the managerial Mrs May, there was a beautiful planetary alignment which saw a rather silly ideology consolidate around a handful of right wing simplicities. Most notable of these simplicities was a belief in the power of the liberated free market to deliver economic and social justice through personal and government debt.
Of course not only could an unregulated free market not deliver social justice, the economics of this system were brutal too, as the bottom 50% of the population saw their jobs disappear abroad, their wage levels pushed to the minimum wage by waves of unskilled migration, and their personal debt rocket to pay for an empty meaningless lifestyle which subsidised the top 50% with income from the poorer peoples personal debt.
This people is the most immoral system ever created by man. A system where the poor are forcibly indebted by their government to pay for a wealthy elite. It is slavery in all but name.
However the miserable saga doesn’t end there. Blair and Cameron and Osborne were convinced that this post industrial economic system would work. But of course it has to feed some kind of value in to support the debt and that value was the fluctuating value of stock and property which even when cleverly packaged as a “collateralised debt obligation” still failed the sniff test. Hence the aftermath in 2007/08
So with the western economic model still failing under the assumed auspicious conditions of the right….the only possible option for the average person is that there maybe something on the left that can sort out the obvious fact that Anglo Saxon economics is finished. And so we have Jeremy and his happy band of conned and deluded students and overweight 1970’s and 1980’s student activists complete with megaphones tempted back to perform angry protest. A sort of new Angry Brigade, all primed and ready to do business sorting out the system. But this will be by getting the poor old taxpayer into more debt whilst looking after the interests of the Labour party, its supporters and interest groups.
So what does Blue Revolution make of all this. Well we believe the western model is to coin a phrase a house built on sand. There is no way of avoiding the stark truth of that and so we need to stop talking politics based on parties and have a democracy based on realism, not short term party self interest.
We can’t afford the modern British state. The political Parties all want to run the State but they can’t, it’s unaffordable, unfit for purpose and needs massive reform. They can’t do that reform. The Left wing and the right wing have no suggestions as to how we can save our country and our culture so our country and culture are seriously at risk from them.
Oh and people wonder why there is an increase in Anti Semitism in the Labour Party. Apart from the religious composition of Northern Constituencies the reason is that they know that their policy of debt and more debt won’t solve the West’s or Britains problems and will only make matters significantly worse. Who do you blame when you have actually made matters worse, perhaps existentially worse. Well you don’t blame yourself or the people who vote for you…you blame mankind’s Shylock, Fagin or money lender….you blame the Jews. It was never your borrowing that is to blame….it was their lending! That is even if Jewish business still run the banks. Our guess is they got out of banking years ago!
So what of the party conferences. Well they have both reflected the shift left from Blairs shift right. But neither party has an answer as the answer is less of them and more of a State run democratically by people with the values morals and skills to do it properly in everyone’s interest. Not simply the short term party interest!