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Dinosaurs Still Walk the Earth

How dispiriting to see Marxists work so hard to make their lifelong learning relevant in the post-Soviet, post-ChiCom, post-pretty-much-anything-but-Hugo-Chavez era. If you want to see smart people spin their wheels in the sands of time trying to say something applicable to the modern world, you should attend today’s lecture: Spiraling Out of Control: A Conversation on Capitalism’s Current Crisis:

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I might just go, simply for nostalgia’s sake. As an undergraduate I took a course in Marxism with Marlene Fried, and since Russell Rickford left town, there has been nobody (at least publicly) who espouses that ol’ time religion.

Note to Nancy Fraser: the reason capitalists like me get to keep any surplus (minus total government taxes of about 66%: federal income tax, state corporate profits tax, city property tax, employee payroll tax) is that we are saddled with all of the losses, too, if a business fails. And some do, most assuredly.

If you can’t make Monday’s panel, have no fear, Fraser and Harvey put on exactly same event last November 17 at the CUNY Graduate Center:

Addendum: There is a fair bit of chatter among the faculty about Nancy Fraser’s year-long sinecure at the College. The Marxist warhorse has a reputation of being impossible to work with, and her year in Hanover as the Roth Family Distinguished Scholar seems to involve doing little more than pocketing cash and offering a couple of public lectures.

Addendum: At least locally, today’s crisis in capitalism is about trying to find people to fill all of the open jobs. At my local business (250 full- and part-time employees), we have a dozen vacant positions right now. Are you a personal trainer? Can you cut hair or do aesthetic treatments? Or push a mop? Call me.

Addendum: An alumnus writes in:

I would like to deliver a lecture on how well Marxism worked. It will be a five-part lecture. The sections are as follows:

1. How great was Marxism for those millions who died in “Dekulakization”!
2. How great was Marxism for the millions who died when Mao was rounding up their cooking pots to become slag in inferior steel mills!
3. How great was Marxism for the million + who died in Cambodian killing fields!
4. How great has Marxism been for the freedoms of religion, press, and speech!
5. And finally, great prospects for Venezuela’s poor through Marxism, a look at the current state of play!

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