Turning The Economic Crisis Into A Political Crisis

Karl Marx

Karl Marx

Is there any difference between the following two quotes? “A new revolution is possible only in consequence of a new crisis,” and, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. What I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before. This is an opportunity.”

The only difference between the two statements is the person quoted. The first quote is from Karl Marx. The second quote is a recent statement by Rahm Emmanuel, the new White House Chief of Staff for President-elect Obama.

Think about it. The economy is tanking. Industries are on the verge of bankruptcy and the stock market is very unstable. Unemployment is also up. Yet, Rahm Emmanuel wants to use the crisis to experiment with doing things that could not be done except for the crisis. Karl Marx saw a crisis as an opportunity for political revolution in which the government seizes control of property and business. Emmanuel’s secular progressive friends see the economic crisis as an opportunity for government to expand its power and control over the economy. The end result is the same.

Governments have historically used a crisis to create a state of fear among the populace in order to deceive them into granting the government more power to save the helpless citizens from a perceived catastrophe. The current man-made global warming myth is a good example of this strategy. When enough environmental laws are passed, the end result will be control of the economy and a drastically reduced standard of living for the average American.

The instability of the stock market is due to the government’s interference in our economy with the bailout. This is the same Congress who helped create the crisis to begin with by forcing lenders to make bad loans to minorities who could not afford them. Investors are uncertain about how the government will interfere next. The best thing that Obama could do for our country right now is to announce to the country that taxes will not be raised on anyone and the bailout has gone as far as it will go and is now over.

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One Response

  1. Where does Marx fit in to this? Marx’s agenda wasn’t about an opportunity within a current circumstance, but rather a historical situation that came about because human ridiculousness. What is meant by that is, remember Marx’s views on historical processes and especially capitalistic contradictions.

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