Archdruid of Ideology

Back in April, I said “there’s no way John Michael Greer has read Karl Marx.”

That’s confirmed today, as the Archdruid writes this howler:

Marxism reached its high-water point in the 1950s and then receded, as the golden promises of Das Kapital gave way to gray bureaucratic inefficiency and, in time, total systemic failure.

ROFL.  What “golden promises” would those be?  Anybody who had actually read Capital would be well aware of the fact that it contains exactly zero promises of any kind.  Seriously.  Take a look.

In reality, of course, Karl Marx was hugely affected by the work of Justus von Liebig, the coiner of “Liebig’s Law,” which points out that ecosystems are only as strong as their weakest links.

The Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids, however, can’t be bothered to crack an actual book he doesn’t like for entirely a priori and conventional reasons, despite his claim to value rebellious thought and varied opinions and analyses.

The degree to which even the wildest forms of green thinking remain utterly  captive to conventional American dogma is truly astounding, and not a little scary.

Not Necessarily a News Flash: Beware of Archdruids

greer I find myself embarrassed to say that, until today, I had been taking the Personage at left quite seriously, despite His navel-gazing view of politics.

Then, today, the Archdruid — I shit you not, that’s what He calls Himself — published this amazingly ignorant expression of His unreconstructed (one wants to say uninformed) conventionality, the thesis of which is that We, All the American People, got together and chose to remain stupid “30 years ago.”  Why “30 years ago?”  Either His Archness greatly overrates Jimmy Carter and/or that’s when His Archness first started thinking about things (and, hence, We The People missed our first chance to heed His Archness’s commands).

In trying to get Him to debate this preposterous, baseless claim on His Archness’s Holy Website, I found out the answer is good luck to you.  His Archness not only screens all comments, but refrains from posting those that dig a little too close to where he keeps His unexamined suburban white kid’s socio-political worldview buried.  This, despite talking at length about the crucial value of dissensus.

I’ve always said, scratch a hippie, find a Republican.  Take a look at the Archness’s post above, and see if you can disagree.  Sad, because He isn’t stupid about ecology.

News flash to His Archness:  Social reality is almost as powerful as Natural reality.  Knowing the latter is not a hall pass to skip knowledge of the former.

And note also that His Archness frames His own political and historical conventionality as an antidote to nihilism!