It was in university political science classes that I first learned about Marxism.
My professors hurled terms at me like “Dialectical Materialism” and “Means of Production” … wait maybe it was “Dialectical Production” and “Means of Materialism”, I can’t remember.
However, what I do recall from those classes is that Marxists wanted to improve the lot of the “proletariat”, also known as the downtrodden and oppressed masses.
But nowadays a new variant of Marxism has emerged, one which ignores the downtrodden and oppressed masses and seeks to improve the lot of the super-rich capitalistic elites.
Now before I go on, let me explain why I think this odd ideological turnaround happened.
For one thing, you need to know that when Marxism was actually first implemented in 1920s Russia, it turned out to be a bigger flop than the Justice League movie.
Basically, forced famines and gulags and state terror, didn’t result in the anticipated workers’ paradise.
So eventually, this led to what Marxist theorists call “revisionism.”
In other words, people began to revise Marxism to make it, you know less genocidal, which led to the creation of “Democratic Socialism” and here in Canada to “New Democratic Socialism.”
Essentially, it was a kinder, gentler brand of Marxism, but it still focused on helping the downtrodden and oppressed masses.
And because this new brand of easy-going Marxism still had a “radical panache” to it, it naturally became popular with society’s trendy set: celebrities, intellectuals and “Limousine liberals.”
But then the trendy set began to realize something: they really didn’t like the downtrodden and oppressed masses.
After all, from their perspective, the downtrodden and oppressed masses were an uneducated rabble, who lacked the sophistication and refinement needed to appreciate things that were really important, such as government-funded art or Margaret Atwood novels.
So over time, the trendy types did a little revising of their own and developed another brand of Marxism, one which cut the downtrodden and oppressed masses totally out the picture.
I call it “Marxism for Millionaires”.
The main proponent of this ideology, by the way, is our very own, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a man who wouldn’t know a downtrodden and oppressed mass if he tripped over it.
Indeed, Trudeau, who comes from a wealthy family, likes to cavort with millionaires at fundraising events, he parties with Hollywood celebrities, and vacations on private island resorts in the Bahamas.
Then there are Trudeau’s associates, such as his chief fundraiser, Stephen Bronfman, who has so much money that Canada apparently can’t hold it all, which is why some of it reportedly ended up in Cayman Islands bank account.
And let’s not forget Bill Morneau, Trudeau’s Finance Minister, who …. well, I don’t want to get sued or to have CBC pundits attack me, so let me just put it this way: Morneau gives greedy capitalists a bad name.
At any rate, my point is, when Morneau and Trudeau and Bronfman gather at some villa in the south of France, they probably sip chardonnays and discuss trust funds or share prices or tax havens, and not the plight of the downtrodden and oppressed.
In fact, Trudeau took tax dollars paid out by the downtrodden and oppressed masses to subsidize Bombardier, a big corporation, which used the money for the important economic purpose of giving its executives a raise.
Please note too, that in his fight against climate change, Trudeau isn’t taxing limousines or private jets or yachts, but he is taxing gasoline and heating oil, which will impose economic pain on the downtrodden and oppressed masses.
I wonder what Karl Marx would say about all this?
He’d probably blame it on “Dialectical Materialism”