Dead end of the dead beat Marxists

This is an interesting resource for texts on Marxism but the last thing we need now is more Marx jargon ad infinitum (I am tempted to examine a few). The Marxists have an immense literature, ALL of it based on a set of false assumptions and theories of Marx. What a waste. What a waste! It is just the academic gravy train: Phd writes book, Academic press publishes book, Libraries buy ten thousand copies,some profit, capitalist cycle complete, next! Hardly a single criticism is present in such a corpus which after a flood of verbiage cannot explain anything about how to construct a postcapitalitst system that is not a proto-Stalinist nightmare. A book like The Last Revolution, outside the Marxist/academic book mill, is cancelled on the spot in the Orwellian system of Marx conformity. I hope someone reads it because Marxists won’t. In fact this is endemic: dozens of critics have tried to debrief Marxism, all in vain.
Instead we get the oulala cadre making the confusion worse with hyper sophistication: cf. György Lukács, the Western Marxists….etc.. I was once very impressed by Luckacs, but he was still in the ‘still alive’ Second International period. Such elite marxism was hardly of any help to the semi-intelligent Bolsheviks whose legacy is a Russian cripple, Chinese and North Korean montrosities. The public wouldn’t dare go near Marxism again after that. Face reality. The left cannot inflict such a disaster again.

In a way that Marxist structure is however a knockover, it has no active movement or effect anymore, and is so subtly regimented despite the appearance of free speech, that a new left can bypass it completely as the cult remains oblivious of everything including critics: it is no doubt controlled also in ways we don’t see by the covert agencies. Leftist groups have a half life: maybe ten, twenty years, and they are controlled dummy orgs???? Maybe one or two. The Red Fortyeight Group therefore has twenty years and counting.
It can also as a template or reminder of the failure of single term systems.
A nexus around The Last Revolution can start from scratch, and in under a hundred pages produces the net equivalent, in my view better, of the dead weight of the Marxist canon. It has its own limits, no doubt, but shows how easy it is to walk away from the morass of biblical texts.

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[marxmail] Free downlaods from Pluto press
From: Jeffrey Masko
To: marxmail@groups.io
Date: Thu, Jul 28, 2022 10:39 am
Here’s what they are offering…Most importantly IMO there is Rereading Marx in the Age of Digital Capitalism by Fuchs, Christian (2019), a book and an author I’ve posted about here before. Much of the poverty in discussions of media on the list are due to ignorance of the field and stubbornness that nothing can be gleaned from Marxists working in communication disciplines, so here is a book and scholar beyond professional reproach – you can obviously disagree with his argument, but the work is sound. And as someone with limited financial resources, I am looking forward to reading Mark Lause’s book on the “first American left” for free.

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