An upcoming second post will conclude these notes with some separate conclusions on the continuing relevance of What is to be Done?
As much as the general public dislike Communism Socialism and have the opinion that it is bad, remember that Marx once said Democracy is the road to socialism, and it is true. From free healthcare in Canada, to unemployment benefits in Australia to free university education in Norway.
Joseph Stalin once said, it is the people who count the votes decide everything, not those that vote. In Democracy, we have an illusion of choice.
In Communism, you have an illusion of hope. History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. Social progress can be measured by the social position of the female sex. Religion is the opium of the people. Democracy is the road to socialism.
Revolutions are the locomotives of history. Reason has always existed but not always in a reasonable form. Nothing can have value without being an object of utility. The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people. The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism.
Landlords like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed.
Political Theory — Karl Marx Karl Marx remains deeply important today not as the man who told us what to replace capitalism with, but as someone who brilliantly pointed out what was inhuman and alienating about it.That is one of the problems with America and the western world; we live in the now and our attention span and planning is short term unlike those in movements promoting Communism, Marxism, Socialism, Fascism, Progressivism (all the same), a New World or Globalist Order or beliefs like Islam.
Karl Marx Life: Karl Marx was a German philosopher, sociologist, economic historian, journalist, and revolutionary socialist who developed the socio-political theory of Marxism.
He was born on May 5 in a town located in the Kingdom of Prussia's Province of the Lower Rhine. From the time of the emergence of modern socialism in the s (especially in Franceù and Germany), free market economists have criticised socialist theory and it is thus useful to place that criticism in its intellectual context, namely beside the main work of one of its leading theorists, Karl Marx.
As Marx was the prime mover in his and Engels partnership, we shall just refer to him, for brevity’s sake, remembering that they were close colleagues in everything that mattered.
Marx was a materialist. Those familiar with contemporary ideas of communism, socialism, communalism, left-anarchism, etc.
will know there's been a lot of work done since the 50s (and a little earlier) on criticism of Marx, of the Soviet system and of the Chinese system. Even the most cursory student of Communism is familiar with the seminal role of Karl Marx in the development of Communist ideology.
The practical results of Communist revolutions have been so dreadful that Marx scholars have been at pains to point out the numerous doctrinal points on which Communist revolutionaries came to deviate from .