Man, I saw the post count and thought another march had happened and been overshadowed by the Harvey news, but nope, it’s Marxist day in the Neo-Nazi thread. Joy!
Marxism is fundamentally flawed, end of story. It’s not coincidence that literally every single country that ever attempted to adopt a Marxist model descended shortly thereafter into a repressive nightmare. Even when you attempt to separate Marxism from Communism and Socialism (and there are subtle differences), the pure theory of it is still hyper-dependent on oppression. You literally are trying to make everyone the same. Freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom to pursue the things that make you happy and unique, there is no room for these things in a system in which individual rights are sacrificed in an attempt to eliminate the class system. Repression is woven into the very fabric of the Marxist ideal. Sugar coat it all you want, it’s not going to change.
I also never cease to be amazed by how attractive Marxism and Communism seems to be to young people who have suddenly “woke” to the fact that Capitalism is “Teh Evil”. This despite the fact that if we implemented a Marxist society, young people would never have the opportunity to be “Woke” in the first place. Capitalism and Democracy WORK. They are highly prone to manipulation and exploitation, but all the evidence still points to that combination being the best at producing countries with healthy, happy and successful populations. That’s not to say that successful capitalist democracies can’t include some socialist elements in their constructs…American Healthcare for example could really use a healthy dose of socialist reform since capitalism seems to have wholly corrupted it at this point.
In any event, all of that is an argument for another thread, and one I am too old and thus too aware of the value of my time to actively participate in.