by Max Barry

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I am deeply concerned about events in Washington. It looks like impeachment proceedings may soon begin against Trump. Like a cornered animal, I am concerned what he might do to prove himself. Follow John Bolton and start a war with Iran perhaps?

As U.S. President Trump feels increasingly cornered and threatened, he may become a threat to human survival. Obviously, he has no problem caging people along the U.S.-Mexican border.

I have sometimes read other Marxists, on NationStates, argue against gun control. My question is: Where, in the writings of Marx or Engels (not later writers), is there any statement which would support this viewpoint? I have never seen one. Certainly, in a future hypothetical revolution, revolutionaries will presumably have weapons. However, there is no Marxist revolution in my country (the U.S.). Most people who own guns support the gun culture and are, generally, conservatives and, in some cases, on the far right. My own view is that no one should have guns now, including the police. Now, I realize that my proposal is unrealistic. However, I think that, as a dialectic or contradiction, it makes sense to express this perspective. Why? To counter the position of the National Rifle Association. That organization argued that everyone, including those with psychoses (such as paranoid schizophrenia), should be permitted to own guns. When the time arrives, as Marx and Engels argued in an address (http://www.markfoster.net/dcf/Address_of_the_Central_Committee_to_the_Communist_League.pdf), revolutionary proletarians will be armed. In that same address, they contrast these revolutionary proletarians with the petty bourgeoisie (petite bourgeoisie): “The democratic petty bourgeois, far from wanting to transform the whole society in the interests of the revolutionary proletarians, only aspire to a change in social conditions which will make the existing society as tolerable and comfortable for themselves as possible.” In 1850, the year of that address, Marx and Engels were hopeful that all proletarians would become revolutionaries. Their disappointment increased over time.

Only a few more days of the most fascist president in U.S. history. Now we move from fascism to neoliberalism. Both are evil, but at least neoliberals don't generally support white ethnonationalism.

To clarify my previous statement on gun control. Marx distinguished between the Proletariat and the Lumpenproletariat. Proletarians (class-conscious workers), according to Marx, can be armed. He made no such statement about Lumpenproletarians (false-conscious workers). Overall, the latter make up the vast majority of workers globally. That is why there has not be an international revolution.

Not surprisingly, Biden has horrible poll ratings (whether justified or not). Now, in less than three years will be the next U.S. presidential election. It could be a rematch between Biden and Trump. If the election were held today, Trump would win. I despise Biden's neoliberalism, but Trump's fascism is much worse.

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