Marxism has got a rather durable ability despite what its opponents think. Marxism is seen as a rapid left wing ideology by its opponents in the Daily Mail and Sun, as well as in the UK Conservative Party. However what they fail to see is that all their views currently are underpinned by Marxism.
The joke about Marxists historically is that we all love Marx but have different interpretations of his work. Naturally one can just look at the list of different Marxist parties there are in this country, noticing the Leninist parties, Trotskyist parties and Stalinist ones. Marxism is, at the end of the day, not an ideology. It is a sociological theory that diagnoses the problem of society currently, which is that we are societally split into two opposing classes that do not like each other. Different ideological interpretations come from this to fuel political ideologies that seek to correct the problem Marx noted.
Indeed if we note this realisation that Marxism is a sociological theory, one can see that both left and right wing ideologies are in a sense interpretations of Marxism. Right-wing populism is an interpretation of Marxism, with its division of society into the people and elite and its attacks on the neoliberal hegemony we live in.
My last article for Bournbrook talked of how Dominic Cummings is a Tory Maoist (read here); I would argue that he is indeed a right-wing Marxist.
‘Cummings’ support of Maoist creative destructionism, which is the belief a new world is created from destroying the old, should fill us with fear now he occupies a position in the government.’
— Bournbrook Magazine (@bournbrookmag) July 25, 2019
His attacks on the elite of London, the current financial system and language around the will of the people cements this. Marxism is a sociological theory underpinning many ideologies, and in a sense is like conservatism which I would argue is a sociological theory that differs with Marxism over the view of the individual and the human condition.
The Conservative party at the moment is an interesting one to examine. They attack the establishment in international institutions like the EU for their influence and control over ‘the people’s’ lives. If this is not a Marxist sociological underpinning then I don’t know what is.
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