As a self-identified non-Marxist who probably doesn’t know better, but who clearly knows Capital better than Jamie Merchant, I felt it necessary to point out how much of a complete charlatan Jamie Merchant is by throwing a really fucking long quote from Engels in his face that completely contradicts him on just about every fucking point he made in the following footnote.
For their roles in planning and implementing the deliberate lies to Congress, which led to United States invasion of Iraq in 2003, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocents Iraqis and American service persons.
The so-called “progressives” in Congress need to get right on that.
The chart is a visual representation of the impact of state spending on the gross domestic output of the United States national economy from 1860 to 2020.
The chart appears to be bisected into two periods. In the first period, state expenditures appear as negative values, i.e., they appear as a drag on gross domestic output.
In the second period, state expenditures appear as positive values, i.e., they appear to contribute to gross domestic output.
In both periods, however, state expenditures are entirely superfluous to the production of value and surplus value. The state produces nothing and simply expropriates what it requires from society under the heading of taxation and other revenue.
This expropriation directly translates into a material loss of the productive capacity of society. Bourgeois scribblers may give this expropriation all sorts of justifications after the fact, but we are not distracted by these justifications. The state is a vile parasite on society, ruthlessly bleeding it of its substance and swelling to immense proportions as a result.
But, enough of this petty moralizing, because I’m beginning to sound like a worthless libertarian or even — god forbid — a god-awful untutored anarchist!