[Marxism] [SUSPICIOUS MESSAGE] Trump, Barr and Julius Caesar

MM marxmail00 at gmail.com
Fri Feb 14 19:28:28 MST 2020

> On Feb 14, 2020, at 8:21 PM, John Reimann via Marxism <marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:
> When I first heard about it, I had thought that the whole dance between
> Trump and Barr was carefully choreographed. But then, reading further and
> realizing that such a scheme would be too subtle for Trump's lizard brain,
> I changed my view.

There’s no doubt that what’s happening is complex, but this line from John’s linked piece is hard to take seriously:

"Trump’s lizard brain must have started to get the feeling that he was moving towards a situation similar to that of Julius Caesar in Shakespeare’s play of that name.” 

So Trump’s “lizard brain” can’t handle the kind of political machination that would be involved in a corrupt conspiracy with Barr, but he’s somehow motivated by an instinctive familiarity with the dilemma faced by Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar? I’m not sure John has really thought this line of reasoning through very carefully. I think there’s a fundamental misjudgment here about what Trump is and is not good at; I think it should be considered beyond question that he’s pretty good at orchestrating criminal conspiracy. Still, I confess I’d love to see an interviewer ask him for his take on the play.

But there’s also this:

“Meanwhile, socialists and real working class fighters should be explaining and agitating for working class independence and for organizing out in the streets to fight this onslaught of capitalism driven mad in the person of Trump… and whoever follows him.” 

Organizing them to do what? And how do you plan to pay for it? 

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