Just as the capitalist system itself cyclically experiences booms and busts, and the class struggle waxes and wanes, so too do the ruling classes of the world chronically pronounce that “Marx is dead” and then, inevitably, a few years later, that “Marx is back.” And this has been going for roughly the past 100-plus years since Marx first shed his mortal coil.
Even Jesus Christ only died and then “came back” once. I wonder if any other human in history has risen from the grave as much as Karl Marx?
The global working class is starting to unite — and that’s a good thing.
JANUARY 21, 2014 | The inscription on Karl Marx’s tombstone in London’s Highgate Cemetery reads, “Workers of all lands, unite.” Of course, it hasn’t quite ended up that way. As much buzz as the global Occupy movement managed to produce in a few short months, the silence is deafening now. And it’s not often that you hear of shop workers in Detroit making common cause with their Chinese brethren in Dalian to stick it to the boss man. Indeed, as global multinational companies have eaten away at labor’s bargaining power, the factory workers of the rich world have become some of the least keen on helping out their fellow wage laborers in poor countries. But there’s a school of thought — and no, it’s not just from the few remaining Trotskyite professors at the New School — that envisions a type of global class politics making a comeback. If so, it might be time for global elites to start trembling. Sure, it doesn’t sound quite as threatening as the original call to arms, but a new specter may soon be haunting the world’s 1 percent: middle-class activism.