One name that looms taller than the rest, rightly or wrongly, in any discussion of the traditional left of politics is Karl Marx.
***This article is by frequent commenter, Colin.***
Marx was an impoverished immigrant to England, who scribbled down his work in a Victorian library in London. An economic theorist, he saw society as being composed of the Proletariat, who were exploited by the Capitalist. Maybe it was this impoverishment, which allowed him to identify with the proletariat and spurred on the substance of his work.
Certainly, if you are the son of a cobbler, like Stalin, there’s a lot to like in Marx, equally so if you are a ……….Chinese peasant, planting rice in some mosquito infested paddy.
This isn’t the case for the pampered politicians of the West though, who would be best described in Marxist terms as capitalist lackeys. In fact, nowadays you don’t even need to be a left winger to use that description. There’s trouble ahead for these guys, come the revolution.
The West’s politicians need a political theory to suit their station in society, one that treats them in the manner to which they have become accustomed. An elite ruling over a bunch of pleasant peasants would be just the ticket here. Step forward an aristocratic thinker Richard Nikolaus von Coudenhove-Kalergi. Doesn’t roll of the tongue as easy as Karl Marx does it?
Confused as to the direction of the left in recent times? The “middle way” of Clinton and Blair is hardly the stuff of revolutions is it? Coudenhove-Kalgeri has got it cracked. A ready made solution for the politicians of our times. In fact Angela Merkel and Herman van Rompey have won prizes from his foundation for their work in furthering his ambitions.
A half blood prince of an Austro-Hungarian diplomat and a wealthy Japanese woman born in 1894.
“His first book, titled “Pan-Europa” was published in 1923, contained a membership form for the Pan-Europa movement. Coudenhove-Kalergi’s movement held its first Congress in Vienna in 1926. In 1927 Aristide Briand was elected honorary president. Personalities attending included: Albert Einstein, Thomas Mann and Sigmund Freud.” (Wikipedia)
“He was the first recipient of the Charlemagne Prize in 1950. The 1972–1973 academic year at the College of Europe was named in his honour. Coudenhove-Kalergi proposed Beethoven’s Ode to Joy as the music for the European Anthem.” (Wikipedia)
“Aristocratic in his origins and elitist in his ideas, Coudenhove-Kalergi identified and collaborated with such politicians as Engelbert Dollfuss, Kurt Schuschnigg, Otto von Habsburg, Winston Churchill, and Charles de Gaulle”. (Wikipedia)
Interesting enough. Important guy. Let’s have a look at some of his ideas.
“The man of the future will be of mixed race. Today’s races and classes will gradually disappear owing to the vanishing of space, time, and prejudice. The Eurasian-Negroid race of the future, similar in its appearance to the Ancient Egyptians, will replace the diversity of peoples with a diversity of individuals.”
“Instead of destroying European Jewry, Europe, against its own will, refined and educated this people into a future leader-nation through this artificial selection process. No wonder that this people, that escaped Ghetto-Prison, developed into a spiritual nobility of Europe. Therefore a gracious Providence provided Europe with a new race of nobility by the Grace of Spirit. This happened at the moment when Europe’s feudal aristocracy became dilapidated, and thanks to Jewish emancipation”.
And hey, so far, so European cunt eh? What’s he got to do with Murica right? Turns out Hitler didn’t like him either, so he had to do a runner to the U.S. We don’t know if he met up with the guys from the Frankfurt School who also ended up polluting American academia – but given his connections, it’s a safe bet he did.
Here are two links, the first is to a conspiracy theory type blog that tells it like it is. The second to the Wikipedia article I’ve quoted from.