I have recently taken a lengthy break from the world of politics; I have, over the past year, found myself in a position of political solitude — a Marxist at heart, arguing against the left-wing of British politics, voting for the Conservatives and engaging in debate with the proletariat, rather than the bourgeoisie. Often I find people surmise that I have become a turncoat on the political spectrum — a theory that, ironically, is the very reason for my change of tune.

 

For the entirety of my life and for many millennia prior to my own birth, people in charge — now, politicians — have been subject to scrutiny for their beliefs, and the political class have always been known to make false promises to the masses in order to gain their positions of power within society. The political affairs of this very day are no different but the masses, who are potentially the victims of the deceit, have most certainly changed — and not necessarily for the better.

I believed, from the age of sixteen to twenty, that the key to fixing the political dystopia in which we live was the enlightenment of the masses and the breaking down of idyllic images given by politicians, who claim to relate directly to each and every member of the population. In hindsight, this was the worst, potentially most stupid idea that I could have considered — because, at the end of the day, every human is desperate for a leader, or for somebody who they can look up to and idolise.

In a modern Britain, that person seems to have become Jeremy Corbyn.

Now, in reality when it comes to political debate, arguing with my lot — the Marxist socialists — is an almost impossible task, but prior-to and post-the recent general election, Corbynites have been quite impossible to debate with too. To borrow from a member of the Labour Party who was unaware of my Marxist beliefs, in an intense ‘Left on Right’ war of words, I was referred to as a ‘racist, fascist, neo-Liberal Nazi-sympathising bigot’. Now, if I got off from political discourse in the boudoir, I’d probably have made a mess after hearing that statement. Unfortunately though, I do not, and instead I found myself questioning what exactly Corbyn’s Labour is and where it could possibly lead the United Kingdom.

Before I elaborate, I will tell you that my summary of the above thought is very simple (though it will span across a number of articles unknown to myself). Sadly, lacking in faith when it comes to Corbyn … I predict that the country would go down the pan.

Firstly, I am going to point out to those of you on the left who would class Corbyn as a Marxist; he is not. In fact, the Labour manifesto suggests a more Keynesian way of thinking when the economic areas are assessed. I will elaborate on this in my next article (which will be linked here, in the coming days), but for now, I will state that the proposals put forward in the given manifesto owe more to post-war Keynesian thought than they do to the Communist Manifesto of Marx and Engels.

Now, why do I think Britain would ‘go down the pan’ in a Corbynite utopia?

Very few Corbyn supporters claim to be patriots — but dangerously, Corbyn himself has. You cannot be both a socialist and a patriot — socialism by definition follows the mindset of internationalism. Corbyn has managed to use a logical contradiction to his advantage, enticing those who voted for the EU Referendum to vote for his Labour Party with shows of British patriotism which he has not been a representative of in recent years. Whilst doing this, he has also preached his socialist mentality, attracting the youth of today — my generation — with the relatively flawed idea of money being distributed evenly among the masses, allowing everybody to benefit from the huge amount of money in the modern world.

So, the question is: the man who so many people want as Britain’s prime minister, is he a patriot or an internationalist? If he is the latter, it would be very difficult for him to truly represent the members of the population (over half) who voted against our inclusion of the European Union in Britain’s global future.

Second to this, socialists have a very strong anti-Capitalist mentality. Of course, this is almost a requirement to define yourself as a socialist, however, they also have a tendency to cite only pro-socialist mindsets, achievements, musicians, historical events, institutions and groups. Usually anything in society that is not reflective of socialist preferences is rather quickly eradicated/destroyed. This is, of course, to be expected — if something opposes the ideology which rules over a land, it will be disposed of for security. That works just fine, as long as the society in which you live has not been made and historically thrived on, primarily, the strongest of Capitalist principles. Can you see that we might have a problem should Corbyn take centre stage?

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