The Collapse Of The Left's Great Con

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

The Left is not just in disarray- - it is in complete collapse because the working class has awakened to the Left's betrayal and abandonment of the working class in favor of building personal wealth and power.

The source of the angry angst rippling through the Democratic Party's progressive camp is not President Trump--it's the complete collapse of the Left globally. To understand this collapse, we turn (once again) to Marx's profound understanding of the state and capitalism.

We turn not to the cultural Marxism that is passingly familiar to Americans, but to Marx's core economic analysis, which as Sartre noted, is only taught to discredit it.

Cultural Marxism draws as much from Engels as Marx. In today's use, cultural Marxism describes the overt erosion of traditional values--the family, community, religious faith, property rights and limited central government--in favor of rootless Cosmopolitanism and an expansive, all-powerful central state that replaces community, faith and property rights with statist control mechanisms that enforce dependence on the state and a mindset that the individual is guilty of anti-state thinking until proven innocent by the state's own rules.

Marx's critique of capitalism is economic: capital and labor are in eternal conflict. In Marx's analysis, capital has the upper hand until the internal contradictions of capitalism consume capital's control from the inside.

Capital not only dominates labor, it also dominates the state. Thus the state-cartel version of capitalism that is dominant globally is not a coincidence or an outlier--it is the the only possible outcome of a system in which capital is the dominant force.

To counter this dominance of capital, social democratic political movements arose to wrest some measure of control out of the hands of capital in favor of labor. Social democratic movements were greatly aided by the near-collapse of the first version of cartel-capitalism in The Great Depression, when writing down the bad debt would have brought down the entire banking system and crippled capitalism's core function of growing capital via expansion of debt.

The decimated owners of capital realized that they faced a bleak choice: either resist and be toppled by anarchism or Communism, or cede some of their wealth and power to the social democratic parties in exchange for social, political and economic stability.

Broadly speaking, the Left favored labor (whose rights were protected by the state) and the Right favored capital (also protected by the state).

But over the past 25 years of globalized neoliberalism, social democratic movements have abandoned labor to embrace the self-serving wealth and power offered by capital. The essence of globalization is: labor is commoditized as mobile capital is free to roam the globe for the lowest cost labor. In contrast, labor is far less mobile, and unable to shift as fluidly and frictionlessly as capital to exploit scarcities and opportunities.

Neoliberalism--the opening of markets and borders--enables capital to effortlessly crush labor. The social democrats, in embracing open borders, have institutionalized an open immigration that shreds the scarcity value of domestic labor in favor of lower cost immigrant labor that serves capital's desire for lower costs.

Globalization and neoliberal financial / immigration policies signify the collapse of the Left and the victory of capital. Now capital completely dominates the state and its cronyist structures--political parties, lobbying, campaign contributions, charitable foundations operating as pay-for-play cash vacuums, and all the other features of cartel-state capitalism.

To mask the collapse of the Left's economic defense of labor, the Left's apologists and PR machine have substituted social justice movements for economic opportunities to acquire economic security and capital. This has succeeded brilliantly, as tens of millions of self-described "progressives" completely bought the left's Great Con that "social justice" campaigns on behalf of marginalized social groups were the defining feature of Progressive Social Democratic movements.

This diversionary sleight-of-hand embrace of economically neutered "social justice" campaigns masked the fact that social democratic parties everywhere have thrown labor into the churning propellers of globalization, open immigration and neoliberal financial policies--all of which benefit mobile capital, which has engorged itself on the abandonment of labor by the Left.

Meanwhile, the fat-cats of the Left have engorged themselves on capital's largesse in exchange for their treachery. Bill and Hillary Clinton's $200 million in "earnings" come to mind, as do countless other examples of personal aggrandizement by self-proclaimed "defenders" of labor.

Please examine this chart, which depicts labor's share of GDP (economic output), and tell me the Left hasn't abandoned labor in favor of personal wealth and power.

The Left is not just in disarray - it is in complete collapse because the working class has awakened to the Left's betrayal and abandonment of the working class in favor of building personal wealth and power. Anyone who denies this is still in the fatal grip of the Left's Great Con.

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GGuy's picture

5-23-16

As I stated before, the FED is not going to allow the economy to crash during the Magic Negro’s term.
As it said in his book, the DREAM FROM OBAMA’s FATHER is to destroy America and the rest of the Colonial Powers.
Obama’s dream just happens to coincide with the Socialist Jew Run Federal Reserve bank’s dream….destroying America are what they are both all about.
Obama has been a faithful Step-N-Fetchit for his greedy racist socialist jew masters, so any blame to be affixed will be on the shoulders of the next WHITE, CHRISTIAN, HETEROSEXUAL President.
Is it just a coincidence that America and all of the white nations of Europe are being taken down at the same time as the USA, and by the same manner? Only the terminally stupid think so!
White people have a long history of fighting back against tyranny, 'Cans, Kneegroes, and Mudslimes not so much.......
All white countries must perish so that the Joo World Order may flourish
It’s as clear as an un-muddied stream if you just open your eyes.

froze25's picture

off topic but a awesome video. This Trump supporter puts the snowflakes blocking his passage right in their places with some swift punches. Shows true equality.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=360371451015711&id=322008624...

BabaLooey's picture

Excellent.

Notice the pussies hit a woman, then got owned by the ALPHA males. These poltroons can't show their pussy faces either.

I was hoping for even MOAR punches to be thrown. The little cunts deserved to be stomped.

NoDebt's picture

Which Democrat's idea was it to set a new course for the party by completely ignoring/resigning white, blue collar voters?  (Pick one):

A.  Barack Obama

B.  Barack Obama

C.  Barack Obama

D.  All of the above

Whose presidential campaign bid focussed strongly on gaining the support of those white, blue collar voters that the Democrat party resigned?  (Pick one):

A.  Donald Trump

B.  Donald Trump

C.  Donald Trump

D.  All of the above

 

auricle's picture

Don't kid yourselves, the right was along for the ride the whole time. 

Joe Davola's picture

So, is the push in euro for robot rights the left's grab for new labor voters.

hongdo's picture

I think you are right.  Since corporations can cast multiple votes along with the citizens (1 vote each)  in the Corporation of London, why not robots.

Billy the Poet's picture

Capital not only dominates labor, it also dominates the state. Thus the state-cartel version of capitalism that is dominant globally is not a coincidence or an outlier--it is the the only possible outcome of a system in which capital is the dominant force.

No, it's the only possible outcome of a system organized by violence aka government. Government is the problem, not the simple fact that one must make material preparation today in order to more productive tomorrow aka capitalism.

striped-pad's picture

Agreed.

Piketty could have summarised his book as: capital (i.e. means of production) allows its owners to increase their net worth much quicker.  Well, duh!

As capital allows its owners to become much more productive, the solution to the poverty of those who can't compete against it using only their labour is not to artificially boost the price of labour, but for government to stop causing inflation so that the workers can save enough to acquire their own increasingly-cheap capital.

 

Michelle's Hanging Chad's picture

Bravo. Your point is in keeping with Bastiat's great insights in "The Law." Law = Force (threat of violence): If they want my money to give to the poor, do they hold a bake sale? No - they demand I pay taxes, and taxes are nothing more than money stolen (ultimately) at the point of a gun. 

Read that little book, then read The Harvard Black Book of Communism, then Rudi Dutschke's reworking of Gramsci's concept about "The Long March Through the Institutions," then Alinsky's devious Rules for Radicals, and you'll have a pretty good education for understanding who these people are and how they operate.  

 

StychoKiller's picture

We 'Bots have been kept down by you Meatbags long enough!  KILL ALL HUMANS!

MalteseFalcon's picture

"To mask the collapse of the Left's economic defense of labor, the Left's apologists and PR machine have substituted social justice movements for economic opportunities to acquire economic security and capital. "

*drops mike*

rf80412's picture

The Democratic Party started the process of abandoning the working class way back in the 1960s.  Never mind the economic and political implications of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, the identity politicians, the "cultural Marxists", and the spoiled rotten Boomer kids of the middle-class professionals who'd gone to college on the GI Bill, who just hated everyone and everything around them, made overt power plays at the party conventions of 1968 and 1972.  The party had to be about them now, they said.

robertsgt40's picture

The Capitalism vs Marxism  in simplist terms is just another good example of the Hegelian Dialectic. 

Uzda Farce's picture

Ayn Rand or Karl Marx, flip a coin. Atheistic materialism dominated by a self-chosen elite either way.

Antifaschistische's picture

The collapse of "the left" will be obvious when...

a. taxes are 1/2 what they are today

b. tens of millions of people in America who currently live off the productivity of others....have to start earning their own income.

c. millions of Americans who are currently displaced in the job market due to affirmative action (or AA lite programs) are abolished

d. all the complex laws, rules, regulations that destroy competition in the Automotive Industry, Transportation Industry, Health Care, Education, etc...are 90% abolished.

c.  Our society starts to collectively admit that an individuals economic status has a lot to do with THAT PERSONs initiative, aptitude and dedication not because hiring companies and managers dislike women or minorities.

...we will know when this has happened, because a trip to the ER will cost $1,000 rather than $14,000, and the people in the ER will be there only because they are competent, and not because the hospital needs to satisfy a hiring quota.

Kayman's picture

The upper class, so-called lefties, are nothing but a bunch of totalitarian criminals using Central Banks to engorge themselves in unearned wealth, while sending the bill to the working poor via national and central banking debt.  Socialism is but a head fake while these criminals get others to do their work.

A working man's hands might be covered in dirt, but they are clean. The manicured hands of our pompous elite are coated in slime.

kwh's picture

The Ayn Randian myth of meritocracy, huh? 

In turn:

a) Only if you want to live in a broken dystopia. The kind of vast repressive apparatus of state you need to control an angry starving population costs a lot of money to run though - how do you pay for it without taxes? 

 b) Oh yes, of course, why didn't they think of that?  I'm sure rendering them homeless, hungry & destitute will motivate them to take one of those many available jobs that pays enough to feed them, clothe them & house them...   I mean, it's never caused any issues in other societies through history where it has been tried or happened due to circumstances...  apart from all of them... Stalin... Hitler...  Citizen Robiespeare... 

c) Except they don't exist. It's a racist dogwhistle that describes an echo of white supremacist propoganda designed to stoke emotions, not of reality. 

d) All those compex regulations that mean your cars don't kill you because the brakes work and the steering column doesn't go through your chest in a minor collision, &c &c.   There is no other way of doing this, caveat emptor simply cannot apply when there is no way the buyer can possibly know how their unregulated car will perform in a collision until they have one. Have you seen those early chinese rip off car designs put through standard western crash tests? They look similar to the products we are familiar with, afterwards they look like a crushed soda can...   so now manufacturers compete to build the most attractive, cheapest to build car that passes the crash mandated federal tests. After you've burned all the regulations the great innovation will be that they can be cheaper because they don't have to pass those tests.  So manufacturers compete in exactly the same way to build the most attractive, cheapest to build car full stop. It will be made of chinesium and will kill everybody inside it in a minor fender bender but boy will it be cheap. So... no more competition, lots more dead people, and nobody else in the world will want to buy your shitty death trap cars, untested quack medicines, unsafe buses...  way to go...  

c again, probably should have been e) Yeah, Trump's billions are nothing to do with who his father was. The Koch brothers are billionaires on merit, not because of the lottery of which vagina they came out of. All those billionaire bankers who destroyed the economy, got bailed out & kept right on trucking because of ther awesomeness, and the people who got their homes fraudulently foreclosed on by the banks and ended up bankrupt as a result deserved it because meritocracy. Also racism isn't a thing, slavery had no toxic legacy, black people were confibed to the back of the bus on merit...     not... 

 

Bastiat's picture

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No.

Too bad, I wanted to see that vid.  Oh well.

Cigar Smoker's picture

I agree, I wanted to see it too but no way I'll become part of that.

shovelhead's picture

Me too but I don't care bad enough to sign up.

Billy the Poet's picture

Which Democrat's idea was it to set a new course for the party by completely ignoring/resigning white, blue collar voters?  (Pick one):

A.  Barack Obama

 

 

Robert Reich, Obamas Hand Picked Racist: Jobs Must Not Go To "White Male" Construction Workers

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWZ5KQm12Lk

kwh's picture

Don't misquote him - the video is right there, you linked to it. If you want to paraphrase him, he said "

kwh's picture

I think in the US it was Bill Clinton, actually. Barak Obama just hopped onto his coat tails and added enthusiastic minorities to the original Clinton coalition...  

Canary Paint's picture

Watch it again. I don't give a damn about those protesters, but I can't deny what I saw. A female protester says, "Let the lady through." Then, they open to let the blonde lady pass. The "alpha male" pushes through the spot they opened for the blonde lady. We don't see what happened to really set him off, but if anything, he pushed into the blonde lady to also use the spot they opened for her. So he was not protecting a woman when he blew up. He was protecting himself.

That is fine and all. I don't think I really care, but look how you interpreted the video. You just made something up to support the narrative that you wanted to see rather than what was there on video. We aren't any better than them if we do that.

Svendblaaskaeg's picture

..join facepalm to see this?? - lol!

Mr. Pain's picture

The Jews who run Israel are Ashkenazi Jews. European Jews, who are basically colonizing the Middle East. Barack hated the white colonies and set to destroy all the accomplishments  over hundreds of years because of slavery. He understood what the modern state of Israel is about. To weaken or destroy it would be exacting a course of revenge in his mind. So to say Barack has Jew masters is incorrect.

Barack, to my surprise, once said the Negro has an inferior mind to the white. See the Kenyan visit video on YouTube.

assistedliving's picture

40+ GGuy upvotes?  am i on ZH or KKKH?  

bh2's picture

That which is scarce has value. That which is not, does not. Labor can only be made artificially scarce (by limiting access or training) or temporarily (famine, pestilence, demand surge, etc.). Capital (accumulated savings, not debt) is always scarce, by definition.

Akzed's picture

Labior can also be made scarce by a booming economy with extremely low unemployment.

Kayman's picture

"That which is scarce has value."  True.

But Labor is taxed immediately and often via payroll taxes and other government overhead which employers are forced to collect and pay at the point of a gun.

Capital on the other hand can be employed  tax-free.  

And ultimately, look at all the markets where great wealth has been accumulated. Those markets are limited entry markets- usually by government regulation.

Bumpo's picture

Or control the flood of cheap labor coming over your border. The article nails it.

JRobby's picture

Bulldoze them into a lye lined pit. Dead or alive. No matter.

If you don't, they will be back to infiltrate. It is a terminal illness.

Still think your "paid troll" jobs are the "great deal" they told you it was going to be down voters? You have no idea. 

Mr. Pain's picture

Tear down that party! Thank you Barack, Hitlerry, Mr Bill and George Soros. You shit in your lunch bucket and now its lunch time!

stant's picture

As martin armstrong predicted

Caloot's picture

More people support 1984 than freedom.   Our forefathers saved us from Clinton, but facts are more people support tolitarianism than freedom.   Freedom is just way too hard. People would rather starve than work.  It's not going to change until the commune destroys itself, 2/3 of the population dies, and then for a hundred or two years freedom will reign.   Until the aristocracy reforms on the backs of the free, and reinstitutes the commune.  That's the cycle, and no amount of rothbard can stop it.  

silverer's picture

A lot of truth in your comment.

WTFUD's picture

Life was simpler when we knew our place. 30-50 ft below in the Palace kitchens or Coal Mines.

A top of the morning to you Squire ( doffs cap ).

flea's picture

I agree. The Left is basically spoiled on Liberty. The best thing would be to deprive them of it for a time until they came to appreciate its value and the need to jealously preserve it.

JRobby's picture

Bulldoze them into a pit.

daveO's picture

A lot of people would free-ride than work. That's what the left is all about.

Akzed's picture

People would rather starve than work.

 

Then there would be more starvation than employment.

What is true however is that people would rather obtain necessities by the method perceived to be easiest. When the method perceived to be easiest is plunder of one’s neighbors by the state, they will prefer that.

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

Freedom is just way too hard. People would rather starve than work.

+1000, sir.  A lot of people feel that way ... well stated!

Being a freedom-loving person who wants self-sufficiency, I shake my head at the throngs who want nothing more than to just subsist and live on the taxpayer tit.  I prefer to work hard and thrive on the results!  Life is a lot more fun that way!

shovelhead's picture

This election disputes that assertion. Eventually people see through the programming, lies and diversions and realize the State offers no protection and demands compliance for a false promise.

Whoever wins is the group that commits the most sustained effort. That's not just a mere fact but also a warning against complacency.

I don't believe in predetermination.That is a belief system. While events may appear to have a cyclical nature, it is only in hindsight that they leave their evidence and when examined we can see the turning points clearly as direct actions and reactions in non-static systems.

"It is not written."

JRobby's picture

I agree.

Euthanize the Liberals. It is a terminal disease with no cure.

Watch things come around so fast it will be astonishing. 

GotNuttin'todo's picture

OB finally got his wish, just two terms too late. OB's presidency resulted in the greatest rejection of the political establishment in American history. Now that's CHANGE!

godiva chocolate's picture

And the destruction of the corrupt media's ability to report as it pleased.  They have lost credibility and their material will be subject to truth detection and discernment for the rest of time.