[Marxism] Why the ideas of Karl Marx are more relevant than ever in the 21st century

michael yates mikedjyates at msn.com
Fri Jan 25 13:34:39 MST 2013

Dan R writes: "The article is obviously not intended for committed revolutionarysocialists, who represent an absurdly small audience. The publicity 
Jacobinis getting/generating for Marxism and socialism is fantastic 
and anybodywho doesn't see that or writes it off because it is 
affiliated with theYDSA are sectarian assholes." Maybe this depends on the understanding of Marx and the vision of socialismbeing promoted. The recent essay in Jacobin titled The Red and the Blackdoesn't cut it for me and for many others in terms of the latter. We shall seehow Bhaskara develops. With mentors like Corey Robin, there is reason forpessimism. Of course, I could just be a sectarian asshole, though I have neverbelonged to a sect of any kind, unless you count the Catholic Church, whichI was in until I was 18. I read recently that young persons in the US are moving more toward the center.If this is a move from the right, I suppose we could give some credence to polls thatsay youth are now more attracted to socialism. But again, I wonder what they meanby socialism. Market socialism (a real non sequitur) seems to have a foothold at Jacobin.Hopefully this will change. But the blandishments of notoriety are strong, and radicalsmuch older and more experienced that Sunkara (who says he came to Marxism by reading,something I thought very funny) have succumbed to them. I hope he does not. 		 	   		  

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