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I am writing this article for an audience consisting of all the good people who, like myself, sincerely want a more equal and democratic society and who (unlike myself), to achieve this goal, look for leadership from the prominent individuals and organizations that seem to share this goal. Most of these leaders are commonly identified either as "of the Left" or "progressive" or "liberal" or "Marxist." In this article I will refer to all of these prominent leaders as "the Left."

According to the standard wisdom, the Left is providing good leadership to achieve a more equal and democratic society and the problem is that not enough people follow this leadership, and so the enemies of the Left (led by what I call the ruling class) remain in power. The problem, in this mistaken view, is that the Left is weak. What I will show is that, on the contrary, the problem (for those who want a more equal and democratic society, that is) is that the Left is wrong. What do I mean?

The Left is wrong in its fundamental view of ordinary people, and because of this wrong view the ruling class is able to use the Left to divide and rule good people. So let's start by seeing what's wrong with the Left's view of ordinary people.

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The Left's Wrong View of Ordinary People

Before discussing the Left's wrong view it helps to say what the truth is about ordinary people. The truth is that the vast majority of ordinary people (in the world, and in the United States as well) want society to be based on the positive values of concern for one another (as opposed to dog-eat-dog competition), mutual aid (as opposed to some people taking unfair advantage of others) and equality (in the sense of having no rich and no poor and in the sense of ordinary people rather than a privileged and self-serving elite having the real say in social decisions.) This is why ordinary people are the solution, not the problem, today.

The Left disagrees. The Left views the majority of ordinary people as the problem, not the solution, because their supposed values are the problem: selfishness and greed, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and the list grows all the time. The Left believes that certain subsets of ordinary people (people of color, non-heterosexuals, transgender people, etc.) are oppressed by the ordinary people who are different. The solution, in this Leftist view, is to persuade the oppressive ordinary people to change their ugly ways and values.

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The Marxist Left (which I have written about here ) sometimes adds to the above an emphasis, more than the liberal/progressive leftists, on the issue of class: the material oppression of the working class by the capitalist class. The Marxist Left thus, sharing the liberal/progressive left's negative view of the deplorable values of ordinary people, points out that despite their terrible values working class people nonetheless have a class interest in opposing the ruling class. The solution according to the Marxist Left is, again, to persuade ordinary people to change their ugly ways and values (or, as the Marxists would say, to "become class conscious.")

The idea that the values of the vast majority of ordinary people are the solution, not the problem--that they are the values that ought to shape society and are the opposite of the terrible values of the ruling class--is the truthful idea that will enable good people to succeed in building a huge popular movement to make society genuinely equal and democratic. (A wonderful entire book about this is online here.) But hardly anybody knows how true this idea is, thanks to the ruling class propaganda against it and also thanks to the Left's rejection of it.

Perhaps you, dear reader, think this idea is false. If so, please read (here) about my experience at a pro-Trump rally asking random people there if they thought it was a good idea or a bad idea to "remove the rich from power to have real, not fake, democracy with no rich and no poor." 86% of them (43 out of the 50 I asked) thought it was a good (or great!) idea and those 43 people all gladly took my button with that message and many pinned it onto themselves right on the spot.

Consider this please. If ordinary people were as selfish and vile as the Left claims, then our world would be infinitely more horrible than it actually is, with everybody stabbing each other in the back and nobody giving a damn about anybody else. This is the kind of world that it would be--a veritable hellish nightmare of a world--if the disgusting selfish competitive values of the ruling class were also those of everybody else. The fact that our world is not this hellish nightmare, but one in which most people cooperate and help each other and respect one another as equals in countless ways that we take so much for granted that we don't think about them or even notice them, this fact has huge significance: it shows that most ordinary people are the positive force in the world, a force that challenges capitalist values and that ought to shape all of society.

How the Ruling Class USES the Left to Divide and Rule Us

I have written a whole book (Divide and Rule) about how the ruling class uses the Left to divide and rule us. What follows is a brief summary with some links to some of my online articles treating particular issues in more detail.

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Here's how the ruling class uses the Left for divide-and-rule. The ruling class takes (or invents) a "hot button" (i.e., potentially very divisive social issue) and, with its control of the mainstream (and alternative!) media, it imposes a very particular framework on the public debate about the issue. The framework is designed to be maximally divisive. The framework is made maximally divisive by defining two opposing views (I call them "camps") in a way that ensures that the people in each camp--when they hear about the opposing camp--will view the members of the opposing camp with utter contempt and possibly fear. The ruling class does this by a) providing each camp's position with arguments designed to be maximally offensive to the other camp, and b) censoring facts that, if known, would cause people in the opposing camps to see that they had far more agreement with each other than they otherwise would realize, and that the concerns of the opposing camp were quite reasonable (instead of deplorable) even if they still disagreed.

Here are some examples of how the ruling class uses the Left to make this work.

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Why are good people not winning the fight to make our society more equal and democratic? The reason is that our leaders--the Left--have a very different agenda, based on a very wrong and negative view of ordinary people.

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This is commentary that is critical to have the American public see, therefore it must be ignored.

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A capital piece from a very lucid person. As some people here on OEN know, I'm a Marxist and I live in Cuba. Mr. Spritzler is totally correct about the sectarianism of the Left which did lots of damage throught the History everywhere. Marxism to me is not a doctrine, but a set of tools for analysis; Marx himself said at the end of his life: "The only thing I'm sure of is that I'm not a Marxist" - as quoted by Engels in a letter to Werner Sombart to which Engels added: "(Marx) barely started the work".

Well, the sanest Marxist site I saw so far is www.marxist.com run by British Professor Allan Woods.

Someone said: "In Wall Street they understood Marxism better than Marxists themselves". To squeeze the working class for more surplus value, to divide and rule, to spread racism - sure (Engels already noted how the English capitalists were exploiting hate against the Irish among workers - soomething which continued far into into 20th century). As for Bolshevik-Wall Street Alliance, well, I have my doubts that it continued. To corrupt a revolutionary movement from within and from the beginning was elitocrats' strategy since the beginning of times. CIA tried to buy up Fidel Castro when he was still in the mountains, apparently gave him a few weapons which some CIA weaponry dealers bragged about once retired. Fidel Castro himself assured that 90% of guerrilla's weapons were conquered from the enemy (Batista) in action, and that the biggest shipment of weapons from abroad arrived in 1958 from Venezuela from the revolutionary military Govt that had overthrown the dictator Perez Jimenez over there right that year.

Back to Bolsheviks, a doubtlessly valuable source of information is Oliver Stone and his documentary TV show "The Untold History of the United States", and especially (for me) the Chapter 2 which narrates the untold story of the elitocrats' coup in 1944 Democratic Convention against Henry Wallace, and then the Chapter 3 about how Stalin tried TO AVOID the Cold War. All that is told in Michael Curtiz's movie "Mission to Moscow" upon Ambassador Davis' book was reverted.

As for myself, I have to admit that my productivity - restricted mostly to comments and quicklinks previously - decreased almost to nothing recently. I've been trying to write a piece on Venezuela, I still want to finish it, but the events only keep accumulating. You can see the quicklinks on my author's page, see this click here , the following about what are they preparing in Washington click here - something that American audience is clearly unaware of. The whole website www.telesurtv.net/english

One of the key issues today is the understanding of the development/underdevelopment issue - totally green in Marx's times. I saw and I keep seeing the amount of ignorance on it in the unbearable Quora website (which an Opedder got me into), and although I have to acknowledge that I should have produced perhaps even an additional volume to "The Capital" explaining it long ago, I also have to say that Quorans' inertia to keep on asking the same questions over and over re-phrased and not reading the answers, or not doing the search for the same questions already answered, irritates me. It became a terrible waste of cyberspace (unaffordable for me), but iit was the format the founders of that site chose and now it has spun out of control click here

My contributions to understanding the issue here on OEN click here and the 5 comments "Karl Marx and the Pyramids 2" click here

Thanks.

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Thank you for a very interesting comment!

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...interesting and entertaining piece with many cool insights...but ultimately it doesn't amount to anything more than that...

The section about Israel, as an (easy) example, is just plain false in its essence...

The article also does not take into account the realities of "jurisdictions" and their consequences -- it simply seems to take the "US" as an axiomatic reality and doesn't concern itself with any possible negative effects...and with that, it's all lost..

Thank you though, it was a fairly cool read...

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....great work here -- very unusual article...(I read on other site)

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Thank you!


What is unusual about the article is that it is based on a positive view of ordinary people. This is unfortunately an unusual viewpoint among writers/intellectuals. i'm trying to change that, because it's a requirement for the development of a large unified movement of ordinary people that can remove the oppressive ruling elite(s) from power.

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