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    Default The Continued Relevance of Karl Marx James Connolly Memorial Lecture, 2018 by Dr Stephen Nolan

    See link below to an interesting lecture (text and accompanying images)

    I thought the below was particularly well put, with the line "the dictatorship of no alternatives" being very good.

    This is a society in which, for too many, the impulse to engage in political struggle is absent, because we’re not just losing the political battle, we’re losing another battle: the battle of ideas.
    Our inability to claim ownership of the material means of production is matched by our inability to own the intellectual means of production. The pace and depth of private ownership of media, and the subservient nature of state media to the market, serve to underscore the “pole position” of capitalist hegemony.
    Increasingly, too many have bought in to the logic of the market. The most pragmatic solution, we’re told, is to agree that there are no alternatives—indeed to suggest otherwise is to be utopian, uneconomic, impractical, or naïve.
    And for those of us espousing, in whatever forum or indeed party, the revolutionary ideas of our man Karl Marx, and the ideas of those that followed him and built on that foundational work, it’s been a challenging time.
    In the mainstream, the role of and purpose of our pundits, preachers and political leaders is to doom as impossible any radical, fundamental transformation of that system that he first analysed . . . and they’ve done their best to bury Marx and his ideas.
    The problem has been compounded by the fact that even the places where we would expect to be introduced to his ideas have been colonised by that same bourgeois free-market thinking.
    The lesson is that capitalism is so normal it has become part of our commonsense understanding of the world, and as such there can be, there are, no alternatives.

    This dictatorship of no alternatives has colonised the political and economic regime, academia, our school curriculum . . . But perhaps what’s most surprising and disappointing is the collusion of the social-democratic left and the labour movement in this process:
    http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/JCML-2018.html

    This lecture was delivered on the 12th May 2018.

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    Default Re: The Continued Relevance of Karl Marx James Connolly Memorial Lecture, 2018 by Dr Stephen Nolan

    He's right, unfortunately. People just don't even have the debate any more. Three entire generations have grown up in the shadow of Thatcherism/Reaganomics/privateer economics. The 'millenial' generation in particular have been force-fed the idea that 'there is no alternative' - in itself, a closing down of debate in the battle of ideas.


    The current Taoiseach is symptomatic. It's not that he's evil, the alternatives have simply never occurred to him because he has never encountered them and has had no motivation to seek them out.
    "If you go far enough to either extreme of the political spectrum, Communist or fascist, you'll find hard-eyed men with guns who believe that anybody who doesn't think as they do should be incarcerated or exterminated. " - Jim Garrison, Former DA, New Orleans.

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    Default Re: The Continued Relevance of Karl Marx James Connolly Memorial Lecture, 2018 by Dr Stephen Nolan

    Quote Originally Posted by pluralist View Post
    He's right, unfortunately. People just don't even have the debate any more. Three entire generations have grown up in the shadow of Thatcherism/Reaganomics/privateer economics. The 'millenial' generation in particular have been force-fed the idea that 'there is no alternative' - in itself, a closing down of debate in the battle of ideas.


    The current Taoiseach is symptomatic. It's not that he's evil, the alternatives have simply never occurred to him because he has never encountered them and has had no motivation to seek them out.
    It's vitally important that people educate themselves and advocate an alternative.Otherwise, as Marx wrote in the Manifesto, things will inevitably result in "either a revolutionary reconstruction of society at large, or in the mutual ruin of the contending classes"

    I think we are in grave danger of mutual ruin.

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