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Whose 'morality' and whose 'freedom'?

Posted by: Barry Stoller on February 15, 19100 at 13:33:50:

In Reply to: Nothing is worth pursuing unless grounded in morality. posted by MDG on February 14, 19100 at 16:29:27:

: I'm not really sure what "supra class" morality means, but I'm guessing it means morality that goes beyond class considerations. If so, then "supra class morality" is yet more convoluted gobbeldygook in support of an ideology which rationalizes oppression of someone -- in this case, the demonic bourgeoisie, or for that matter, anyone who does not agree with Marxism. I sincerely hope that there are brands of socialism and/or communism which transcend this rigid ideological fanaticism.

There are the utopian socialists:

Socialists of this kind...consider themselves far superior to to all class antagonisms. They want to improve the conditions of every member of society, even that of the most favored. Hence, they habitually appeal to society at large, without distinction of class; nay, by preference, to the ruling class... Hence, they reject all political, and especially all revolutionary action; they wish to attain their ends by peaceful means, and endeavor, by small experiments, necessarily doomed to failure, and by the force of example, to pave the way for the new social gospel.(1)

Recognize anyone you know?

: I will support a system which strives to protect everyone's freedom, extend justice to everyone, and base equality for all under the law. To me, that's a moral system -- none of this "supra class" nonsense, please.

No 'supra-class nonsense' for you---you want to protect the freedom of this dude, this dude, and this dude.


1. Marx and Engels, The Communist Manifesto, International 1948, p. 40.

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