In remarks made this past Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tapped into her inner Karl Marx when she said that it was time to
improve destroy capitalism because “it has not served our economy well.”
“In America, capitalism is our system, it is our economic system, but it has not served our economy as well as it should,” Pelosi said during her appearance at the virtually held Moderated Conversation at Chatham House. “And so, what we want to do is not depart from that, but to improve it and to make sure that it serves us.”
Words like “improve” and “reform” are Washington doublespeak used to hide the true intentions of the politician speaking them which is to deliberately disguise and reverse the meaning of words. In this case, when Pelosi speaks of the need to improve capitalism, what she really means is she wants to do is destroy it and replace it with something straight out of the Karl Marx playbook.
“You cannot have a system where the success of some springs from the exploitation of the workers and springs from the exploitation of the environment and the rest, and we have to correct that.” ~ Nancy Pelosi
“Unlimited exploitation of cheap labour-power is the sole foundation of [the capitalists’] power to compete.” ~ Karl Marx, Das Kapital (1867)
“Capitalist production, therefore, only develops the techniques and the degree of combination of the social process of production by simultaneously undermining the original sources of all wealth – the soil and the worker.” ~ Karl Marx, Volume 1 of Capital
Pelosi has already set the “destroy capitalism” wheels in motion.
Back in June she appointed far-left Democrats to the Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth, including notable Democratic Socialists and “squad” members as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Pramila Jayapal. According to Pelosi, the panel is tasked with recommending potential actions to address “wealth inequality” — another use of Washington doublespeak.
Prior to making these appointments, Pelosi led the way in passing Joe Biden’s Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, a pro-union/anti-liberty law allegedly designed to provide protections for workers who want to join a union. In reality, the PRO Act will destroy the jobs and livelihoods of tens of millions of people who work for themselves in order to create a new Marxist proletariat.
Under Marxism, the proletariat signifies the class of workers who are engaged in industrial production and whose chief source of income is derived from the sale of their labor power. Marxists believe the proletariat has been exploited under capitalism, forced to sub-standard wages from the business owners who control the means of production (the bourgeoisie).
The ultimate goal of Marxist ideology is for the proletariat to unite and seize power from evil capitalists and create a communist society free of class distinctions — a goal shared by Pelosi and her cohorts sitting on the Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth.
It’s tempting to look at Pelosi’s Karl Marx-inspired desire to destroy capitalism as just another episode of “Vote Republican because Democrats are evil” reality TV, but its closer to being a another re-run of the Adventures of the Republican/Democrat Duopoly.
For example, the PRO Act had three Republican co-sponsors: “Former Democrat” Jeff Van Drew (NJ), Chris Smith (NJ), and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA). They, along with John Katko (NY) and Don Young (AK) voted to pass the bill.
Republican support of Marxist ideology shouldn’t be all that surprising, especially after Trump rebranded the GOP and replaced conservatism with nationalism.
During the 2016 presidential primaries, Trump was asked what changes he would bring to the Republican Party if he were to be elected president. Using talking points that could have come from Bernie Sanders himself, Trump replied:
“Five, 10 years from now — different party. You’re going to have a workers party. A party of people that [sic] haven’t had a real wage increase in 18 years, that are angry.” (emphasis mine)
According to Donald Trump, one of the keys to making America great again was to create a dictatorship of the proletariat — giving America a new Workers Party of America with an “R” attached.
In 2016, candidate-Trump’s policy ideas in the areas of wages, trade, Social Security, and other economic issues were eerily similar to those of Nancy Pelosi today. For instance:
- Pelosi blames capitalism for unemployment and low wages. Candidate Trump blamed the U.S. economic system, calling it “unjust.”
- Pelosi blames private ownership of the means of production (capitalist businesses) for the so-called exploitation of working people. Candidate Trump blamed private businesses and promised a plethora of protectionism policies meant to reign in “unfair” business and trade practices. He kept that promise, unfortunately, with his failed trade war.
- Pelosi wants to destroy capitalism in order to bring an end to income inequality. Candidate Trump called for a $15 an hour minimum wage, socialized medicine and a “hands off” approach to the bankrupt Social Security and Medicare programs.
Something tells me that if Trump were still in office, Pelosi’s desire to destroy capitalism would see a lot of success.
The Far-Left has been working on ways to destroy capitalism and replace it with Karl Marx’s “power to the worker” ideology, and they thought they had reached the pinnacle of their aspirations with the election of Barack Obama, but he just got the ball rolling; Donald Trump and Nationalist Socialist Republicans took it to the next level
With the passage of Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation — including the PRO Act — likely to happen in the near future, Nancy Pelosi and her Karl Marx-inspired desire to destroy capitalism could be much closer to becoming a reality than we realize.
David Leach is the owner of the Strident Conservative. He holds people of every political stripe accountable for their failure to uphold conservative values, and he promotes those values instead of political parties.