Re: Marx, Keynes and the Koran

On Sep 19, 2007, at 10:55 AM, Ted Winslow wrote:

In fact, this appropriation of Moore and of the tradition to which the particular idea of the “Good” belongs makes Keynes’s conception of the “ideal commonwealth” very like Marx’s, a fact that explains his claim that “the republic of my imagination lies on the extreme left of celestial space.”

Except Keynes was a total snob and racist. Need I quote the classics?

Marx wanted to “organize the myriad Lilliputians and arm them with
poisoned arrows.”

“We were not aware that civilisation was a thin and precarious crust
erected by the personality and will of a very few, and only
maintained by rules and conventions skilfully put across and
guilefully preserved.”

“How can I adopt a creed which, preferring the mud to the fish,
exalts the boorish proletariat above the bourgeois and the
intelligentsia who, with whatever faults, are the quality in life and
surely carry the seeds of all human advancement?”

“I do not mean that Russian Communism alters, or even seeks to alter,
human nature, that it makes Jews less avaricious or Russians less
extravagant than they were before.”

“[T]he class war will find me on the side of the educated bourgeoisie.”


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