Teen Vogue Re-Shares Article Praising Karl Marx
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Teen Vogue Re-Shares Article Praising Karl Marx

Although published in 2018, Teen Vogue recently re-shared an article that praised the legacy of philosopher Karl Marx on its Twitter account.

Written by Adryan Corcione, this piece discussed the relevance of Marx’s ideas and what they “can still teach us about the past and present.”

Corcione praised The Communist Manifesto, describing it as “a piece of writing that makes the case for the political theory of socialism — where the community (rather than rich people) have ownership and control over their labor — which later inspired millions of people to resist oppressive political leaders and spark political revolutions all over the world.”

Teen Vogue talked with two educators and learned how they use Marx’s teaching in the classroom.

In the first case, Mark Brunt draws from passages in The Communist Manifesto and fuses it with his teaching material on the industrial revolution to get his Marxist message across during the English class he teachers. 

Brunt uses The Jungle—a book “that revealed the exploitative workplace conditions of the meat industry in Chicago and other industrialized cities many immigrants were subject to in the late 19th century— to given his students an idea of what it was like to work under so-called “capitalist exploitation.”

The English teacher contends that factory workers “did all of the leg work”, which consisted of “slaughtering animals and packaging meat on top of working long days with little, if any, time off” just to “keep the factories intact.” 

Teen Vogue tied this class struggle dynamic with the present-day conflict “between state governments and striking teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Arizona, demanding higher pay and more public school funding.”

On the other hand, George Ciccariello-Maher, a former Drexel University professor, conveys his history lessons in a way that get his students to imagine “society without capitalism, reminding them that different — though still imperfect and flawed — economic systems existed before, such as feudalism.” 

Ciccariello-Maher explained this to Teen Vogue:

“When I teach Marx, it’s got a lot to do with questions of how to think critically about history. Marx says we live under capitalism [but] capitalism has not always existed.”

The former professor concluded, “It’s something that came into being and something that, as a result, just on a logical level, could disappear, could be overthrown, could be abolished, could be irrelevant. There’s this myth of the free market, but Marx shows very clearly that capitalism emerged through a state of violence.”

The Teen Vogue article ended on the following note:

“While you may not necessarily identify as a Marxist, socialist, or communist, you can still use Karl Marx’s ideas to use history and class struggles to better understand how the current sociopolitical climate in America came to be. Instead of looking at President Donald Trump’s victory in November 2016 as a snapshot, we can turn to the bigger picture of what previous events lead us up to the current moment.”

What this piece illustrates is that Marxist ideas are still relevant, but the modern-day Left in developed countries has effectively pivoted in its strategy. Although there are still countries like Venezuela who embody the classical Marxist garrison state, Western leftists have become more creative in their tactics. What would have been anathema to past generations of leftists, they are now pressuring corporations to push identity politics and virtue signaling about the latest politically correct trend. They have now opened up a new battlefield that most people are still having trouble adjusting to.

The identity politics paradigm we live in is “culturally” Marxist, where historically oppressed groups—women, minorities, and the LGBT community—suffer at the hands of so-called “white privilege.” These allegedly “disadvantaged” groups will then rally against the boogieman of white privilege.

 This is different from the socioeconomic focus of traditional Marxism. Nevertheless, it shares a toxic disregard for individualism and focuses on group conflict i.e Bourgeois vs. Proletarian or “oppressed minorities” vs. white privilege.

This runs contrary to what made societies like America great. Marx’s strategies and overall blueprints may not be faithfully being followed, but his ugly legacy of collectivism continues to haunt political corridors worldwide.

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3 thoughts on “Teen Vogue Re-Shares Article Praising Karl Marx

  1. I actually don’t understand the point of this article. It basically repeats everything written in the Teenvogue article with a “you’re wrong” paragraph tacked on in the end. It’s almost as if the author was bored one night and decided to take 15 minutes to write this poorly researched text. One second the author is talking about muh Venezuela, another second he’s talking about race/identity politics. Wtf this is embarrassing. First off, bringing up Venezuela is an incredibly dishonest and overused tactic. That’s like mentioning 1929 and 2008 every time someone talks about capitalism. Venezuela is an extremely poor example of Marxism (why didn’t he bring up Bolivia, Cuba or the PRC instead?) and bringing it up just means that the author has nothing of value to say, or is so lazy he can’t think of another example than the oft parroted “vuvuzuela”. The Chavistas are just a bunch of social democrats larping as socialists. Furthermore, “Cultural Marxism” doesn’t actually exist. It’s a term coined by right wing groups to describe progressive liberals. Basically a conspiracy theory. Marx was an economist, not a social pro gay rights activist, so bringing up the “Cultural sorcery of the Frankfurt School of Magic” isn’t exactly relevant. Those liberals aren’t even leftist. Not sure if the writer even understands the difference. Liberals are pro capitalism. Economically centre/right and socially left. Leftists are economically left and socially diverse.

  2. Adryan Corcione is simply immoral. Commie/socialism is predicated on looting A to satisfy B, i.e. it is based on stealing. Adryan is not a Christian of course; he is Satan’s acolyte. The Bible teaches us that the troika of evil, that wicked consort of politics, commerce and “false religion,” will be destroyed in the end. We would be wise to abandon political government now. Yes, Ameriakan politicians have imposed all 10 Planks of the Commie Manifesto and Amerikans should be ashamed. Adryan would be welcome to leave wherever he is and drop into North Korea or Venezuela or Zimbabwe. We will not miss him. Or maybe he could take a seat at the bottom of the outhouse wherein he could commiserate with the rest of the dregs of humanity.

  3. Any example of Marxism and it’s millions killed, murdered or outright starved isn’t complete without some quick note about Marxism has never been tried in its true form.
    EVERY TIME IT HAS BEEN ATTEMPTED DEATH AND DESTRUCTION FOLLOW IT LIKE THE FOUR HORSE MEN OF THE APOCALYPSE.
    If I say Pol Pot or Mao, Lenin, Stalin, Che, and Chavez everyone has killed and ruled from a tower of dead and decaying bodies!!!

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