Of all XIX century great ideas there was no other idea more loved and more hated, more followed and more abandoned, more studied and more misunderstood, more used and more abused than an idea of Karl Marx Materialistic Historiosophy that disrupted feudal political system in Europe and profoundly impacted history of entire XX century and beyond. Without Marx today’s political processes and their consequences as well as those a century ago, cannot be understood at all. Truism the state-infused corporate propaganda is desperately seeking to deny.
Everybody remembers Japanese economic miracle but no one remembers what was before that and it wasn’t pretty. Let’s look at Japan circa 1948, a complete collapse of economy and material supplies, huge heavy industry totally destroyed, all major cities in ruins, burned by incendiary weapons, fields polluted by chemical agents, massive deaths from starvation, freezing and decease, including radiation sickness, rampant black market, a wave of suicides and murders, massive executions of Japanese soldiers or those accused of belonging to political/military elites, often on a whim of by after 15 minute mock military trials not unlike the Japanese or German military courts.
We all like to hear romantic stories about victories of the simple people in the struggle for equality and civil rights against tyranny. Such stories are widely used for the noble indoctrination of our youth. Sadly, adults forget to tell young trusting minds that most of these stories are step down from the fantastic fairy tales into a fraud and pure fabrications.
This is how one of these stories begins: In amazing Neverland far, far away (Brooklyn) and long, long ago (1920) there was a tale about adult beverage, feminism and the universal suffrage. And it all began over wide and mysterious big pond.