[Marxism] On Marxism's failure in the USA

Fred Zaman agent.redstone at yahoo.com
Sun Mar 22 18:56:56 MDT 2009



--- On Sun, 3/22/09, Mark Lause <markalause at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Mark Lause <markalause at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Marxism] On Marxism's failure in the USA
To: "agent redstone" <agent.redstone at yahoo.com>
Date: Sunday, March 22, 2009, 1:54 PM

n short, Marxism failed in the United States by not being Marxist.  Makes sense.

What then has been being built here for decades--or attempted?  We all
see this through the light of what we've been exposed to.  I've always
seen the American version of Marxism as leaning very heavily towards a
kind of Positivism--an abiding religious faith that you have a
scientific grasp on the way the world works.  As with other faiths,
the faith is seen as a virtue in itself and defined primarily through
an institution.

ML

Mark,
I agree with your view of US Marxism past. What America’s ‘New Marxian 
Times’ endeavors to show is that there is an Althusserian version of historical 
materialism operating in the nation’s political underground that’s grounded on the 
Constitution and the American political system, which indeed must be brought 
into the light if class struggle in the US is to be correctly discerned and responded 
to democratically.

Is this postulated US version of historical materialism “Marxism”? The answer to 
this question depends on what one accepts as being Marxist. In my upcoming 
essay, the introduction to which is given below, an Althusserian-type Marxism 
can be demonstrated in the history of American capitalism, circa 1650 to the 
present and beyond into the future; whose unseen political dynamics operates at 
the level of the nation’s political unconscious--through which conservative, 
communitarian, liberal, and libertarian underground currents of political ideology 
continuously flow. These underground currents, as shown in the essay, have 
interpellated America’s upper, lower, and middle classes, continuously 
throughout American history.

Marxism’s failure as a political movement in the United States, considered in this 
light, is due to Marxism’s failure to understand, in sufficient depth theoretically, 
the US political system--whose theoretical understanding can be greatly 
facilitated by correctly applying Althusserian political theory--which I believe 
I’ve done in this essay.

FZ
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PREAMBLE: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect 
Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common 
defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to 
ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the 
United States of America.

1 Introduction
This essay’s Althusserian theory of the United States’ political system is that of a 
‘Democratically Interpellated Republic’ whose democratically elected, 
representative government is constitutionally grounded on class based, political 
ideology; whose constitution is the political foundation of class war waged behind 
the scenes by capitalists against the lower classes: socially, economically, and 
politically. Voting here, to here engage an Althusserian concept, is the 
institutionalized ‘interpellation’ of a democratic republic’s representative 
government. In a Democratically Interpellated Republic, both the people and the 
representatives they elect to govern have been interpellated by political ideology. 
The exemplar here is the United States of America, the “New Marxian Times” of 
which is thus Althusserian in character (Elliot 2006; Ferretter 2006; Montag 
2003).

Democratic interpellation is here a political process, operating in the nation’s 
collective unconscious, wherein society votes on and calls to order the political 
ideology considered to best govern the United States. The ideologies that in 
America’s New Marxian Times politically drive the nation’s democratic 
interpellation—ideologies conservative, communitarian, liberal, and libertarian—
are the source of the historically ongoing, constitutionally informed, elite versus 
populist, “War of the Classes” declared famously by the early twentieth century 
writer and socialist Jack London (1905). Conservatives today, greatly concerned 
about the so called “socialist” agenda of the Obama administration, are crying 
“class war” as if it were a new thing in America. The theory of the Democratically 
Interpellated Republic of the United States (DIRUS) presented here, however, 
shows that class war has been continuously waged ever since colonial days—by 
American capitalists. In the theory of DIRUS, as an acronym in Latin, are the 
conspiratorial actions of United States capitalists, conducted unconsciously 
behind the scenes, relentless in a class war whose effects on the lives of those in 
the under classes are dire, awful, terrible, cruel and fierce.

Philosophically America’s War of the Classes, the opponents of which currently 
are predominantly conservative Republican and liberal Democratic, adhere to 
diametrically opposed philosophical views of liberty: the conservatives’ positive 
liberty (the philosopher’s ‘freedom to’) and the liberals’ negative liberty (the 
philosopher’s ‘freedom from’). The more conservative, elitist upper classes of the 
Republican party seek to secure the Blessings of Liberty they regard as most 
fundamental—the constitutional basis for the conservative positive philosophy of 
‘freedom to’; while the more liberal, populist lower classes of the Democratic 
party seek to promote the general Welfare they regard equally fundamental—the 
constitutional basis for the liberal negative philosophy of ‘freedom from.’
 


      


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