Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was attacked online by leftists, including Marxist-leaning organizations, over a tweet in which he decried Marxism.
Given his history, Rubio may know what he’s talking about.
“Marxism divides people into either oppressors or victims, calls for the overthrow an ‘evil’ system & then seizes complete power in the name of ‘fairness,” Rubio wrote.
“The old Marxism used class warfare to divide people,” he added. “The new Marxism uses identity politics But the goal is the same.”
Marxism divides people into either oppressors or victims, calls for the overthrow an “evil” system & then seizes complete power in the name of “fairness”
The old Marxism used class warfare to divide people
The new Marxism uses identity politics
But the goal is the same
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 19, 2021
Rubio, who was born in Miami in 1971, has said that his Cuban parents intended to move back to their home country after immigrating to the U.S. in 1956, but they declined to do so after Fidel Castro seized power a few years later and implemented Communist rule. Members of his family would flee Cuban following Castro’s rise to power over his authoritarian policies.
Still, Rubio’s comments were attacked online, including criticism The Socialist Party’s official account.
“Only someone ignorant as to what Marxism is would say that it ‘divides people into either oppressors or victims,'” the party wrote. “Marxist socialism is fundamentally about a society with no ruling class. That means no oppressors and no oppressed. You only get that with an economy like capitalism.”
“Marxism is literally an economic political theory. What the hell are you talking about,” wrote attorney Harris Peskin.
“What on earth are you talking about? First of all, your knowledge of Marxism and history is embarrassingly [sic] deficient,” added journalist Victoria Brownworth. “Second, there isn’t a single Marxist in US government. This is a fiction you’ve created to excuse your terrible Senate record and your refusal to help Floridians.”
“Marxism doesn’t divide people. Conservative disinformation about Marxism divides people,” Jason Kishineff, who ran unsuccessfully for a U.S. House seat in California as a Green Party candidate in 2018 and as a Democrat in 2020, added.
“I ask this with sincerity Senator Rubio, have you read any of Marx’s work? If yes, what texts? If yes, are you willing to have a real discussion of Marx’s critique of capital in a way that is intellectually honest and follows the actual texts/critique?” wrote progressive activist Jim Keady.
On Friday during a speech to attendees at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority in Kissimmee, Fla., Rubio doubled down on his stance, explaining that Marxism is not simply an economic theory crafted by 19th-century German philosopher, economist, and political theorist Karl Marx.
He explained that the theory is being implemented throughout American institutions, but especially via the public education system, the corporate world, and government through vehicles such as identity politics and ‘social justice.’
“If we don’t confront this now, call it for what it is and defeat it, it will destroy this country and everything that has made it special,” Rubio told about 2,000 conference attendees.
“Marxism is not dead, and it’s not an economic theory. What’s happened is that Marxists realized what the track record of Marxism is around the world, so they don’t want to call themselves Marxists anymore. They have found new titles,” he continued.
“Things that frankly sound benign, and you almost feel guilty being against. Social justice. Who can be against social justice? But that’s the terminology they come up with. Equity. Who can be against equity?”
The Florida Republican and 2016 GOP presidential contender added that the “old Marxism” pitted workers against business owners, teaching that the latter were oppressors and that the capitalist system is “rigged” against them.
“Then it says, the only way to fix this is, we have to overthrow the system,” Rubio added. “We need a revolution. We need a government to take over and make everything fair. And we need a government that goes to the former oppressors and makes them apologize for being oppressors, be re-educated to be responsible people.”
The same principles are being applied today, only race has been substituted for the working class, he said.
“We’re being told that America, in and of itself, was founded on racism, prejudice and evil. Not that we have a history of racism or prejudice, but that we were founded on it,” Rubio told the crowd. “That’s the foundation of our society, that we are irredeemably broken in our history, that the system is rigged.”
“The new Marxism, if you speak out, you get banned, you get canceled, you get fired, your business gets boycotted, and you get called all sorts of names,” Rubio noted further. “So I understand why some people decide, ‘You know what, it’s just easier to pretend I agree and stay quiet. I don’t need those hassles.’”
He added: “That’s what they’re counting on.”
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