[Marxism] If Time Magazine Celebrates Greta Thunberg, Why Should We? | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Dec 13 10:58:17 MST 2019

In just over 6,500 words, Time Magazine  makes the case for Greta 
Thunberg being 2019’s Person of the Year. For much of the left, this 
confirms that she is a corporate tool. Founded in 1923 by Henry Luce, 
Time was the flagship of the Luce empire. Print newsmagazines have gone 
into a steep decline with the advent of the Internet. Despite a steep 
decline in circulation, Time remains the second-largest weekly after People.

Henry Luce was one of the most powerful Republican Party supporters in 
the 20th century, the Rupert Murdoch of his day. Luce was a member of 
the China Lobby that sought the overthrow of Mao Zedong. He also urged 
JFK to invade Cuba. Unless he did, Luce planned to imitate William 
Randolph Hearst and push for war, even if involved the big lie. These 
odious policies and others fell within the rubric of the “American 
Century,” a concept Luce articulated in Life magazine, another part of 
his empire. Through such magazines, he shared the dominant view of the 
American ruling class during its “globalization” phase. He had close 
social ties to men like John Foster Dulles, Secretary of State, and his 
brother, director of the CIA, who worked overtime to overthrow any 
government that dared to defy Washington’s will.

So, why should the left celebrate Greta Thunberg being named person of 
the year given this background?


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