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eallen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-07-07 09:57 PM
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148. Isn't liberalism your political enemy?
I oppose the jingoists and the religious right and the free market fundamentalists for reasons that have nothing to do with Marx. One doesn't have to be a libertarian to understand the value of capitalism. In case you hadn't noticed, every modern nation from Sweden to Japan wants to maintain a healthy and competitive capitalist economy. That doesn't mean they don't differ on a variety of other political issues, from social programs to civil liberties.

To the Marxist, all of this is much of a muchness. The libertarian believes that capitalism must be kept "pure." The Marxist believes that capitalism must be eliminated. The liberal believes that capitalism has value, but is not the sine qua non of politics. Unlike the libertarian, the liberal supports a variety of social programs. Things like public education and social security and health care. Unlike the Marxist, the liberal supports capitalism as the economic engine that makes those possible at modern levels. If some libertarian were here arguing against public education, then you would see the difference between me, a liberal, and a libertarian. Instead there are Marxists here, arguing the same old Marxist line. So you see the difference between liberals and Marxists. Except for here, where Marxists sometimes crop up, I don't really consider it a political enemy. It mostly is dead. I'm much more worried about the right wing. But they don't come 'round these parts.

The Democratic Party is a liberal party. It is not a Marxist party. That's the Socialist Workers Party, down the hall.

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