OK. I am going to try this one more time, and then I am going to just quit and go back to snarking at Trump and cheering for Bernie.
OF COURSE MARX THINKS CAPITALISM IS GODAWFUL. OF COURSE HE IS MAKING WHAT YOU ALL INSIST ON CALLING “MORAL JUDGMENTS.”
But in my view, he considers the issuing of moral judgments to be an expression of weakness, not of strength. Saying “That is bad. You should not do that.” is what men do when they are incapable of changing the world, when, as he would say [but not I], they are like women. Instead, he anatomizes capitalism. He exposes the exploitation that underlies its self-congratulatory moral justifications. He thunders against it like an Old Testament Prophet. He confidently prophesies its doom. He mocks the apologists for capitalism while exposing the inner incoherence of their rationalizations. He issues a call to workingmen [and women] to unite, telling them, in his famous phrase, that they have nothing to lose but their chains, they have a world to gain.
If you wish to classify that as the making of moral judgments, so be it, but it bears no resemblance whatsoever to what shows up these days in the writings of professional philosophers who, in their vitae, list their AOS as Ethics and their AOC as political philosophy. I think it trivializes Marx’s work and diminishes his importance to squeeze him into the categories of contemporary academic philosophy.
That is what I have been trying to say. I thought I made it pretty obvious, but apparently I failed.
Now, about the latest polls …