Britain and the problem of depth in its political class

I’m borrowing this one pretty shamelessly from RT.

Apparently during an exchange with the Russian representative at the UN, Britain’s representative said:

In respect of Karl Marx, I think he must be turning in his grave to see what the country that was founded on many of his precepts is doing in the name of supporting Syria by condoning the use of chemical weapons on Syrian territory

Firstly, and in passing, we can observe: “condoning the use of chemical weapons on Syrian territory”. Officially Britain is still waiting for confirmation of who the guilty party (if there is one) was. But this merging of “very likely” (based on conjecture and “capacity and motive”) with acceptance of something as a fact is now officially part of the discourse of the West in this post-Skripal world. Quite openly – it no longer matters if they have proof or if it is just “likely”.

But the point here is the extraordinary blunder in terms of politics and history. Ms Karen Pierce is a diplomat operating at the highest level in International affairs. But she appears to believe that Russia was “founded on the precepts” of Karl Marx. As RT points out – Russia as a nation dates its foundation to the 9th century – in what is now Ukraine. In October 1917 Lenin’s Bolshevik party came to power (following the overthrow of Tsarism in the February Revolution of that year). Certainly Lenin’s ideology can be said to be derived from Marx. But – has Ms Pierce not noticed that something momentus happened in 1991? To fill her in – the Soviet Union collapsed. Many of is constituent republics went their separate ways.  Quite specifically the regime (system) set up by Lenin (which is where Marx comes into it) was completely abandoned. Modern Russia in no way implements the “precepts” of Marx. Marx would be horrified by the modern Russia not because of her alleged support for alleged chemical weapons attacks. But because she is a modern capitalist state with an elected parliament, private capital, wage labour, prices fixed by supply and demand, a bureaucratic state, and all the rest of it.

The problem, as this web site has often noted, is that the political class in the West at the moment are simply not up to the job. They are out of their depth in managing world affairs. They have no grasp of politics and history and no capacity to perform accurate analyses of political events. They simply blunder from one horror to the next as they try to convince themselves they represent something.


Author: justinwyllie

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