Critical Marx

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In Critical Marx, Keith DeHavelle observes that academia seems surprisingly fond of Karl Marx.

In the discussion on Ayn Rand’s works, the Lady Rowyn sagely suggests:

There are a lot of authors worth reading whether or not you agree with their conclusions. And whether or not people make fun of them.

Indeed. I’ve read much of Karl Marx, and am amazed that he has any followers at all.  Especially women, but really anyone who thinks the notions through.

Marx is worshiped today in academia; Rand is reasonable, which lets her out of that club.  I’ve got a college textbook next to me called The Critical Experience (edited by David L. Cowles), an analysis of techniques of literary criticism.  The great majority of them are Marxist, or spin-offs of Marxist techniques.  (Amusingly, Google Books helpfully suggests that a “related work” to this textbook is The Communist Manifesto.  No surprise.) (continued here)

We each have a tendency to admire the system of which we are a part. In America, because we can choose our employer, that tendency can be quite pronounced. Thus, our decision to create a government-run education monopoly has had enormous consequences — enormously self-destructive consequences. Because so many of them believe in Socialism, America’s teachers have become perhaps the single greatest force undermining the foundations of our republic and the Christian beliefs of our children.

Parents have a duty to decide what their children will be taught. Therefore, parents have a right to choose who teaches their children and to approve the curriculum. This right is essential for religious freedom. Unfortunately, because of our Socialist education system, few parents fulfill their duty to decide what their children will be taught. Thus, each generation of Americans thinks more and more highly of the teachings of Karl Marx.

When you check out ‘s post please review the commentary as well. ford_prefect42‘s comment (here), for example, is worth digesting.

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9 Responses to Critical Marx

  1. I don’t think because we have a socialized education system parents care less about what their kids are taught. i think parents cared less what their kids were taught so they consented to a socialized education system.
    But I enjoyed your post.

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    • Citizen Tom says:

      sacredstruggler — Thank you for reading and commenting.

      I don’t think I mentioned how much parents care about their children. However, I think parents care a great deal more than politicians.

      When we are born, we are relatively empty-headed. That is, we know little about anything. So we must learn. The first people to teach us form the foundation for the rest of what we learn. What we first learn and accept as true becomes assumed truth, and we view what we learn latter from the perspective of this assumed truth. That’s why it can be so hard to persuade other people to another point of view. To understand what you believe and why you believe it, others must change their own rooted perpective. We must examine our assumptions, “truths” upon which we have already rested our faith.

      Today’s parents have grown up with the public school system. From an early age, they have been taught that this is the way children should learn. Their own parents, people they love and trust, chose to subject them to this system. Moreover, the public school system is “free” and still the most popular choice. So most want to reject the fact that by subjecting their children to the public system system they are harming their children. None of us want that kind of guilt.

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      • “Unfortunately, because of our Socialist education system, few parents fulfill their duty to decide what their children will be taught.” Forgive me, I paraphrased.

        I don’t know, I guess I have a different perspective because my parents hated public school, sent me to Christian and I don’t know if I could do either. I think it has a lot to do with the capitalist way that our country has forced us into this kind of thing. Most Americans are living off of two incomes and thus don’t have the time to homeschool.

        Anyway, I enjoyed your post. I just have a different perspective.

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  2. Citizen Tom says:

    sacredstruggler — You are welcome to your different perspective and to live as your beliefs dictate. That is, after all, the whole point of religious freedom, is it not?

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  3. Thank you, sir, for the link and discussion. Your kind words do me honor.

    And Number Five is Alive, so to speak. It’s all your fault. ;)

    I see that comments appear to be closed for your older posts. A pity, in my opinion. You might consider changing that setting.

    To SacredStruggler’s comment, it seems to me that a great many Americans — still a majority at this point — would be outraged were they more aware of what our educational system is actually teaching their children. There is a small group that actively, knowingly pursues a path to destruction — because destruction (of the US as a constitutional republic) is what they seek. These people are still very much in the minority, and in between the two groups are millions who think that maybe a little more socialism might be a good thing, so far as they understand it.

    I contend that they don’t understand it very far at all, and you and I are both working on the path of helping that understanding.

    Best wishes, as always.

    ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

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