Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Fail Better

There's a new American Express ad which essentially extols the value of failure: a handful of celeb capitalist success stories (don't ask me their names . . . don't know, don't give a fuck) talk about how they failed over and over again before they finally hit it big.

Failure has become the new fashion accessory for the entrepreneurial classes.

But: talk about Marxism, and the discussion gets pointed at Stalin, Mao, Kim-Jong Il, Pol Pot, the crushing weight of the Soviet, and the unspeakable horrors of totalitarianism.  Seems people are allowed to fail; the people are not.  If it can be said that somehow capitalism has failed less than Marxism, then truly our idea of failure is disastrous.

There is no question that Marxism has its failures.  We can't let these failures be the totems of Marxism.  "Try again.  Fail again.  Fail better": it's not just for capitalists anymore.

Now please enjoy this leftist Mekons anthem lovingly captioned for you in Comic Sans:

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