Sunday, November 11, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a Hardcore Marxist

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
By Robert Wenzel

Forget about Democratic Socialism and that confused and mushy movement.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who states she is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and who in last week's voting was elected to the U.S. House of Representative for New York's 14th congressional district, can be linked to hardcore communism.

She sent this tweet out on Saturday:

No one would use the phrase "late-stage capitalist" other than hardcore Marxists and their groupie followers.

Here is a lefty explanation of the phrase and how it is used now by the groupies:

Note the use of the phrase and its ties to the Frankfurt School and Cultural Marxists. Wikipedia is solid on this history:
The term "late capitalism" was first used by Werner Sombart in his 1902 magnum opus Der Moderne Kapitalismus; Sombart divided capitalism into three stages: early capitalism; high capitalism, the heyday of capitalism; and late capitalism. The term began to be used by socialists in Europe towards the end of the 1930s and in the 1940s, when many economists believed capitalism was doomed....
The term was used in the 1960s, particularly in Germany and Austria, among others by Western Marxists writing in the tradition of the Frankfurt School and Austromarxism. Postwar German sociologists needed a term to describe contemporary society. Theodor Adorno preferred "late capitalism" over "industrial society," which was the theme of the 16th Congress of German Sociologists in 1968. In 1971, Leo Kofler published a book called Technologische Rationalität im Spätkapitalismus (Technological Rationality in Late Capitalism). Claus Offe published his essay "Spätkapitalismus - Versuch einer Begriffsbestimmung" (Late capitalism - attempt at a conceptual definition) in 1972.] And in 1973, Jürgen Habermas published his Legitimationsprobleme im Spätkapitalismus (Legitimacy problems in late capitalism). Herbert Marcuse also accepted the term.
But it is curious that modern-day adopters of the term want to separate it from Marx's thought when it was always there, though not with the exact phrase "late stage" capitalism.

Gary North wrote in his 1968 book, Marx's Religion of Revolution:
This conflict between theory and tactics can be seen in Marx's treatment of the Russian question. His system could not allow for a proletarian revolution in any rural, pre-industrial country if the theoretical consistency were to be preserved. History's stages cannot be bypassed; feudalism must precede capitalism and the fully developed capitalism must come before proletarian paradise. He spelled this out very clearly: "No social order ever disappears before all the productive forces, for which there is room in it, have been developed; and new higher relations of production never appear before the material conditions of their existence has been matured in the womb of the old society." 
That is, Marx expected late-stage capitalism to be replaced by communism. It has always been, on a theoretical level, about stages for hardcore Marxists. (They did, and still do, ditch theory, however, when a backwater country adopts communism, e.g. Cuba and North Korea, and cheer on the development without first the appearance of "late-stage capitalism").

It appears that modern-day Marxists choose to use the term late-stage capital to claim specific events and developments are late-stage without bringing up that this means an inevitable move from capitalism to communism.

They are either naive in not understanding what their use of the term late-stage suggests, an inevitable appearance of communism or they know all too well and don't want to spring it on the masses just yet.

Note the commentator in the lefty video above, at the end, tells us that we are likely to hear more of the phrase "late-stage capitalism" and that a socialist revolution is far-fetched BUT socialism is already here. A typical confusing message promoted by the left, to muddy things, as they advance socialism.

As for Ocasio-Cortez, she is either a useful idiot of deeper operatives or manipulating the useful idiots herself. Either way, she appears hardcore.

Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of

1 comment:

  1. ...people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.