Catholic League’s Bill Donohue Suggests Obama Should Swear In On Marx’s ‘Das Kapital’: via HuffPost

Catholic League’s Bill Donohue Suggests Obama Should Swear In On Marx’s ‘Das Kapital’: via HuffPost http://huff.to/TPTytj Before taking shots at Marx Mr. Donohue should consider the role of his church, as well as the role of the anglicans and protestants, in creating an opportunity for him. In 1848, the height of communist revolt, Marx and Engels were leading the way to oppose the barbarism as the capitalist system as it THEN was. We often seem to forget that Marx wasn’t opposing capitalism in 2012, he was opposing capitalism as it was 150 years ago. A time when life expectancy was 35 years, sometimes much less in especially hazardous occupations. A time when the working class had no vote and nearly everybody in the working class was in poor health and living in filthy, unsanitary conditions. In 1839, of 419,560 factory workers in the British empire, 192,887 or nearly half were under 18. I.e. of an age that almost everybody now agrees should be in school. Typically a child of a factory worker would go to work in a mill at age 9 for 6.5 hours per day, increasing to 12 hours per day at age 13. The smaller and more nimble fingers of children made them “more suitable” for some types of work, and in many cases they became the main breadwinners for their families. Those were common conditions, in more extreme cases children as young as 5 were sent to work and workdays were often 14-16 hours. The positioning of children in artificial postures in work environments led to many defects in physical development. There was no “worker’s compensation” or health and safety concern, so workers including adults and children were often maimed in unsafe conditions without compensation. There were some attempts at reform, such as England’s Factory Act of 1831, which would have capped the working hours of workers under 18 at 12 hours per day Monday to Friday, and 9 hours per day on Saturday. But there was a lack of enforcement of even those measures. A later attempt to advance the “Ten Hours Bill, a bill to restrict children’s labor to ten hours per day, met with bitter opposition from the manufacturors and the liberal Whig party. (Back then a liberal was someone who backed the capitalist class, while the conservatives were about king and country and traditional values, including protection of workers) The pressure did result in the Factory Act of 1834 forbidding the employment of children under 9, except in silk mills, 12 hour maximums for children and a few other improvements. This kind of nonsense was the backdrop for Marx, not present day conditions. And where were the churches during the industrial revolution? As institutions they absolutely abdicated their moral duties and became apostates, backing the existing order. That betrayal of both god and mankind is why the Marxists hated the church(s) so much. The moral void created by the complicity of the christian churches created an opening for Marx. Prior to the idiot Stalin, Marx had done more to bring the world in line with Jesus’ teachings than the church had done with an 1800 year head start. So before idiots like Donahue start beaking off about Marxism they should remember what he did for us. The industrial revolution was an abomination for longer than it has been a blessing. It was heading in the wrong direction for most of it’s existence and would have stayed wrong if not for Marxist pressures. Without that kick in the ass we would not have functional capitalism. Kids would not be in school, they’d be in factories. Nobody but the elite would have a car. Probably nobody but the elite would have a TV. With the lack of consumer pressure for advances and the financial base they provide for research and universities and other government programs, development would be nowhere near as advanced as it is now. Our nutrition would be terrible. We’d be routinely mangled by machinery. Most of us would be dead by 40. Most of the rest would be crippled or infirm by that age. So what’s your issue with Marx again? Not Stalin, Marx?

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