Capitalism and Conspiracies

When conspiracy theorists try to boil power relations down to one or two individuals who control daily events, Marxists instead point to the economic structure which produces these roles and how they function in a class dynamic which allows political control to be maintained. With power over the process of wealth accumulation via the exploitation of labour playing a key part in how this is achieved. This is contrasted with the rather story-like narrative that conspiracies tend to weave. The convenience that conspiracy theorists enjoy is in not having to engage in a radical critique of society but instead to use an almost atavistic fear to whip the public into a frenzy.

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“The working class can see the blood and sweat they and their children shed”: Interview With a Balkan Communist

Thirty years after the start of the Yugoslav Wars, Balkan communists declare: “The working class is not stupid. It is not a thing to be thrown around… The working class can see the blood and sweat they and their children shed…. More and more working class people are becoming consciously revolutionary.”

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