I actually kind of like the notion of ‘folk Marxism’ but still…
…some arguments are more fun if you turn them upside down:
The same with the conservative-rightwinger today. Certain possibilities for political economy and social affairs enter his imagination. He thinks for a while. This one is aesthetically or ethically superior to that one, and that one over there is the best of them all, therefore that’s the one we’re going with. The possibility that there is no way to get from here to there is irrelevant or even worse, a distraction. The more improbable the scenario, the harder the conservative must concentrate on it, otherwise the dream will surely vanish.
The rest of the world operates a little differently. We have lives, families, communities that we intend to be associated with, for better or worse. Whatever choices we make, we are going to live with the consequences. Therefore, just as the conservative has to focus on what should be done first and what can be done second (if at all), the rest of us must approach things in the opposite order.
We can play with ad hominems as if they were matches, raze our enemies with meaningless assertions, burn them all down until there’s nothing left but skeleton shapes. Little dancing shadow puppets masquerading as the real thing. We can dance on their ashes, kick them skyward, spin about surrounded by the empty cacophony of our own echoes hurtling back at us over and over and over again.
But when we do, we reveal far more about ourselves than we do about them. Sometimes I forget this. Empathy is hard work.