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Editor’s note: According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of Marxism is, “the political, economic, and social principles and policies advocated by Marx; especially a theory and practice of socialism (see socialism 3) including the labor theory of value, dialectical materialism, the class struggle, and dictatorship of the proletariat until the establishment of a classless society.” The opinion expressed by Dennis Galvin below does not necessarily reflect the opinion of WestfordCAT board or staff members and WestfordCAT is not responsible for his commentary.
The U.S. Congress passed the most comprehensive tax overhaul in years and the Democratic Party played no role in the process. There was a time, when they would have championed such a policy. Sadly, this was not the case today.
Throughout most of American history, the Democratic Party has played the role of watchdog over American Capitalism, concerned that every working person received their fair share of the nation’s prosperity. It never attacked the premise upon which that prosperity was built.
That changed in 1968 when the so-called “new left” made its entry into the Democratic Party. Grounded in Marxism, a quasi-religion, its members immediately evidenced the haughtiness and intolerance common to all self-appointed prophets. They transformed the Democrats from a “participatory” party into a “revolutionary” one, which meant no compromise. Compromise is not possible for a party led by dogma. Marxists have more dogmas than the Vatican.
Marxist politicians are easily identified by five main tenants. First and foremost, that the financially successful achieved their status by exploiting working people. Second, that U.S. foreign policy has been contaminated by greed, rendering the United States responsible for all the problems in the world. Third, that police do not administer justice, their only role is to protect the interests of the propertied class. Fourth, marriage is an institution of repression, intended to suppress women, and pollute the minds of children with racist and gender stereotypes. Fifth, there is no need for free speech because the truth is self-evident, hence beyond the need for debate.
Marxism is an ideology rooted in cynicism, envy and hatred. It rejects democracy, liberty and most of all love. Though it claims otherwise, it has no scientific validity, it is just an opinion, a matter of preference, like choosing optimism or pessimism. Yet, this anachronistic belief system has stifled discussion in our colleges and universities and dead-locked our government. Make no mistake, it the cause of our extended national division. Wherever Marxism has had influence its legacy has always been retarded economic growth, oppression and in some cases genocide, yet it is still promoted. Let’s hope that in 2018, the Democratic party will cast off this albatross, so they can return to their essential role as capitalism’s watchdog. — Dennis Galvin, Concord Road