I for one don’t hate or fear Marx or his ideas, as a poster’s graphic above implies that some do . I’m not overly fond of some results of Marxism in the 20th Century or Marxists themselves. I am even less fond of people who act as if they’ve been “into” Marx forevah and evah. This relatively recent development of Marx being in vogue started no earlier than 2008. I considered myself to be a Liberal in my twenties, and a Moderate Liberal in my thirties and early forties. In 2007/2008 I was roommates with a drunken, obnoxious uber Conservative (imagine a Randian SNL “Drunk Uncle”), who was always up in arms about the threat of Communism, Marxism, Collectivism, Progressivism, etc. I would tease him and say “Who the fuck even worries about commies, comsymps, Marxists et al any more? Game over, man. I should buy you a membership in the John Birch Society for your birthday, you putz.” Within a year of me teasing him like that, Marx was the Hot “New” Thing. Used copies of the Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital disappeared from bookstores overnight: newly minted, faux Marxist “Occupy” types all over the country needed well-worn and dog-eared copies for their plank and cinderblock bookshelves, or to sit casually upon their cable spool tables: new copies just wouldn’t be authentic enough, you know? That having been said, I was getting literature from the CPUSA in 1985, and wrote a college English paper on Gus Hall in '86. Luckily, very luckily, I wised up. Now I am the one who is a member of the John Birch Society. Mainly for the humor and irony value, since I’m a big fan of absurdity, even when it is me who is being absurd. I’m also a member of the NRA and a registered Republican, for more serious reasons. Not every Conservative is a Thurston Howell III / Monopoly Guy caricature, a toadie for the rich, or an undereducated, racist, homophobic redneck: I’m more than willing to swap name-drop references to the “hip” Cultural Capital shibboleths that signify membership in the counter/sub/pop cultural intelligentsia hereabouts. Sans Google. Draw, pardner!
But seriously. I really do think that the Class War that we’re seeing in just the last six years (literally just the last six years, folks: I don’t recall Cory being such a fellow-traveler agitprop-spouting noodge back in 2006) is something to be concerned about. But whatever. YMMV, as they type. Das Sveedayna!