A Marx for Republicans
I probably should not admit this, but a portion of me has enjoyed the last ten years of social media melt down and Trump administration.
It was like all the prophesies of my old sociology professors came true.
One professor from the 90s refused a computer because of what he saw coming.
Ironically, or perhaps not, Dr Richard Stivers drafted his anti-technology books in ink and was among the most productive at the university.
Dr. Norman Denzin wrote about the implosion between truth and fiction. Others thought he was a kook. But he nailed it decades before InfoWars.
I heard him say, “postmodernism is conservative to the core.”
It is a pleasant feeling to tell another political group that you told them so, or to point out their contradictions and double standards.
I hear this from liberal friends more now after the ugly capitol riots.
But the depth and foresight of my old professors allows me to point to some other contradictions, for I could often not tell of their politics.
Conspiracy theorists might fear a new world order and government-corporate plots, but we should admit to ourselves that during the Bush-Clinton-Bush years, 9/11 and a couple of trillion-dollar oil wars, liberals too suspected the makings of the new world order and that Congress did not represent the people.
If circumstances were similar but opposite, liberals would have been the ones beating down the doors at the Capitol or at least throwing milk shakes that direction and wearing pussy hats.
I am not sure why I am seeing warm fuzzy images of Bush, Clinton and Obama together on social media.
Did we forget that in other lights, we called each of them war criminals?
The left and right have more in common than we like to admit.
In the right’s fiery talks against Communism, I often hear the energy and direction of Karl Marx, the left’s furry prophet.
There’s a big somthinerother holding us down and we’re mad.
As a young student living with my tired father, I had left a book open to a page on Marx.
Dad read a caption and said, “I agree with that guy there.”
Dad had voted for Nixon, Reagan and Bush.
I’ve tossed those walnuts around in my noggin enough to know that is not a contradiction.
I carefully watched raw videos of the capitol riots.
There is a lot of media drama about “isms.”
But it was not lily white and I saw a good number of women… one was obviously a little too aggressive for the otherwise patient police.
For as many guns as people had, there was no shooting except at her. But it still looked like a Communist revolution to me.
Working people done with the bullshit.
Have you seen “bullshit” on Trump flags?
The right’s love of Trump was not because Trump is especially handsome or well spoken, nor are his followers weaklings who need a strong man.
But that was his attraction.
He was the anti-politician.
They lit a billionaire on fire and threw him at Washington.
Liz Cheney has it backward.
He did not give the order and the people marched.
The people needed an excuse and Trump waltzed into the scapegoat box and gave them one.
The people were in control of Trump the whole time, not the other way around.
Rioters would have hung his favorite vice president.
If Trump didn’t say what they wanted, they’d hang him too.
This makes one wonder if the line between left and right is not a line with the points far apart, but a nearly complete circle with the opposite poles close together.
It is just a leap from one extreme to the other.
In the riot, I saw pitchforks… what’s next?
A hammer and sickle?
Do you see why I am making the connections?
Is this how America does Communism?
To reconcile our divided country, we must realize that nearly half the American population supported Trump.
This means they are angry and they want radical change.
Many of the same people supported Obama for the same reasons.
This means NOBODY wants Washington to remain the same except perhaps the suits already in Washington.
Maybe we are not so divided.
My most conservative professors, an African American woman and a Jewish man, made me read Marx for very good reasons.
They admired him and knew better than to bash him in name only.
We need the bigger thoughts, precision of language and sense of personal responsibility that comes with this kind of education if we are to save our political and economic system from itself.
Greg Walker is professor of sociology at Lock Haven University. For fun reading, try Richard Stivers’ “The Media Creates Us in Its Image.”