Thursday, August 23, 2007

What would Karl do?

If Marx were alive today, what would he say of China?

Watching this report on the news last night, I couldn't help but think back to my political philosophy memories.

Wasn't Marx's manifesto based on the shitty treatment of labor during the Industrial Revolution? Wasn't he worried that the worker wasn't being treated fairly? Didn't he devise an economic system that would raise the worker from meek to inheritor of the Earth?

Not in China. A supposedly communist country, China instead uses its workers to churn out faulty, deadly, cheap products while treating the proletariat like garbage.

It would make any 19th-century capitalist proud.

China, it turns out, is the garbage - and the country makes a mockery of the Marxist ideal.