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Obama Official Endorses Marx on Class Warfare

By on 5.8.12 | 10:05AM

Well now.

One Rick Bookstaber has come out with a defense of class warfare.

And endorsing Karl Marx.

Who is Rick Bookstaber, you may ask?

He is a member of the Obama Administration. Specifically, in his words:

I am currently working in the Office of Financial Research. Until recently I was Senior Policy Adviser to the Financial Stability Oversight Council as well as Senior Policy Adviser at the SEC.

Mr. Bookstaber has some interesting views on class warfare, which he has just discussed yesterday on his blog. Apparently following the Daily Caller's Tucker Carlson at a Washington event, an event where Mr. Carlson denounced class warfare, the Obama appointee took offense at the notion there was something wrong with class warfare.

So he took to his blog to disagree with Carlson, saying that:

I am not picking sides in this, but I believe such a "war" can be justified, and indeed ultimately is inevitable.

Stunningly, this Obama appointee then favorably cites the founding father of Communism, Karl Marx, saying that "… it is not surprising that Marx stated the central battle of class warfare at the time in terms of the working day." Then comes this quote directly from Marx:

The capitalist maintains his rights as a purchaser when he tries to make the working-day as long as possible, and to make, whenever possible, two working-days out of one. On the other hand...the laborer maintains his right as seller when he wishes to reduce the working-day to one of definite normal duration. There is here, therefore, an antinomy, right against right, both equally bearing the seal of the law of exchanges. Between equal rights force decides. Hence is it that in the history of capitalist production, the determination of what is a working-day, presents itself as the result of a struggle, a struggle between collective capital, i.e., the class of capitalists, and collective labour, i.e., the working-class. -- Marx, Das Kapital

Bookstaber resumes, saying (and we have done the bolding in the quote below):

Marx begins with an acknowledgement of the perception of rights on the part of both the capitalist and the laborer, but then argues that the question of the length of the working day cannot be solved by an appeal to rights, but only through class struggle, wherein "force" decides between "equal rights". (Force can mean physical force, but can also mean the force of the political process).

The central point is that there is no way that this question of the working day or any number of other social questions, though posed as rights by the groups in conflict, can be resolved without being reformulated in terms of class struggle or class warfare."

So what do we have here?

After a weak hedge (against the inevitable firestorm to come?), a member of the Obama Administration -- who divides his time between advising Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner and the SEC -- admits on his personal blog that he agrees with Karl Marx on class warfare. That "class struggle" must be decided by "force" -- and that yes indeed, again in his words "Force can mean physical force" and, oh yes, "the force of the political process." And oh by the way, this means issues must be "reformulated in terms of class struggle or class warfare."

Where have we heard this belief in Marx before?

Here. From former SEIU leader Andy Stern lauding the Marxist slogan "workers of the world unite." Stern is an Obama ally who was noted at one point early in the administration for having visited the White House 22 times.

And here from Ron Bloom, the Obama auto czar. Mr. Bloom, a former union official turned Obama "Manufacturing Czar." Mr Bloom is seen here saying that the free market is nonsense and that he agrees with Mao that "political power comes largely from the barrel of a gun."

Is there a doubt in the world left as to what is going on within the inner councils of the Obama Adminstration?

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