Marx wrote in the Communist Manifesto for the “Proletariat of the world [to] unite, you have nothing to lose but your chains.” This sentiment has been radically imbibed by our current culture, and I think the sentiment ensures the victimhood of the so called oppressed class, and a sense of exceptionalism seen upon the so called oppressor class. In our modern post-enlightenment liberal culture I do not believe that the chains being touted by some of these professional victims are real.
We have enshrined in our laws (in fact in most Western countries) the concept of equal pay for equal work regardless of gender, race, religion or sexuality. This is a good thing, and this being both a good thing and the continued reality of a gap between the median wage of different gendered or ethnic groups in our society must call us to seek a more nuanced understanding of the reality of what’s going on. Liberty of choice seems to be the most common explanation for why there remains this perceived gap. Shall we give up this liberty in order that there be equality? I don’t think this should be the case. For this liberty is what gives us the freedom to better ourselves.
Marx wrote against what he saw was an enslavement of the working class by the owner class. He constructed a system that he hoped would be for the working class. However when you look at modern Marxists most of the time they are middle-class and feel guilty for being so. This is the topic that Orwell took up in his 1936 book, “The Road to Wigan Pier” why is it the guilt of the middle-class that drives Marxism/Socialism as a movement rather than that of the working class? He says this; “Sometimes I look at a Socialist… and wonder what the devil his motive really is. It is often difficult to believe that it is a love of anybody, especially of the working class, from whom he is of all people the furthest removed. The underlying motive of many Socialists, I believe, is simply a hypertrophied sense of order. The present state of affairs offends them not because it causes misery, still less because it makes freedom impossible, but because it is untidy; what they desire, basically, is to reduce the world to something resembling a chess-board.” I would go further, we’re concerned or offended with/by the suffering of others, not just because we want to right injustices, but because we’re guilty that we in some small part play into the oppression because we do not share the requisite identity to be truly offended or the victim of the injustice.
This relief of the tension of the guilt upon us is such an endorphin hit that we seek it out again and again. Our opiate of choice is this outrage and guilt interplay, we do not really care for those who suffer injustice, but only play at caring. Like another opium hit to our system. This guilt-release drug of choice is controlled by those around us, whether it is by pointing out those who by disagreeing with the prevailing narrative threaten this drug, or by seeking out more and more obscure ways to be oppressed so that the narcissists among us may thrive on their own drug. Because this guilt-release drug is so prevalent among us it threatens our liberty. Like any drug addict we need to eschew this opiate and seek out better productivity. Shall we get caught into the web of this drug, or shall we work hard to better our position? Shall we blame things out of our control, constantly seeking that drug hit of victimhood, or shall we try to reach our potential?