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Jack Graham

Jack Graham wrote about Doctor Who and Marxism, often at the same time. These days he co-hosts the I Don't Speak German podcast with Daniel Harper.Support Jack on Patreon.

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  1. tankermottind
    February 9, 2018 @ 8:02 pm

    These articles are an excellent companion to your chapter in Neoreaction: a Basilisk. Corey Robin’s (equally excellent) article about Nietzsche and his influence on marginalism and libertarian economics got me thinking: doesn’t inheritance create an inherent contradiction in the Austrian worldview? If morality and values are created in the struggles and sacrifices of the market, then the entire entrepreneurial class, except for the small percentage that are first-generation nouveaux riches, is exempt from these struggles and, by the Austrians’ own logic, would be socially and morally stunted! The only way to resolve this conflict would be to abolish inheritance, perhaps even to abolish the very idea of biological kinship (which would probably have to be replaced from the top down by an artificial structure, like perhaps some sort of Huxleyan system of baby farms, for a society of any kind to continue to function), so that everyone has to start from nothing and build themselves anew each generation. The game can only retain its value and purpose if the pieces are continually swept off the board and reset to their starting positions.

    However, this just calls to mind Marxism’s description of capitalism as a “political economy of the dead” and capital as “dead labor”. Even here, the spectre of Marxism still haunts libertarianism.

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    • tankermottind
      February 9, 2018 @ 8:04 pm

      Also I must add that Marxism accounts for this without the need to abolish parenthood and grow children in giant institutions like battery hens.

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