Friday, February 11, 2011

Why Marxism lives on ~ By Craige McMillan

Today we call capitalists entrepreneurs. By virtue of their capabilities, these individuals rise to positions of power and prominence. They create products people want to buy, which results in jobs for those whose work is needed to produce the product.

Thus the legacy of Marx lives on, from generation to generation. Why? Because the human failings of ego, conceit and the lust for power over others never die.

Craige enlightens us with his reasons why Marxism keeps on ticking. And no, the explanation doesn't involve people wanting to help the poor or eliminate poverty.

Why Marxism lives on

By Craige McMillan

February 10, 2011 ~ 1:00 am Eastern

© 2011

There's a reason Karl Marx is revered by so many academics. The reason is very simple. Marx made them respectable.

The secret lament of many academics goes something like this:
  • There are lots of problems in the world
  • We know – because we've studied them
  • Because we've studied them, we know how to fix them
  • We have the answer, yet nobody ever calls on us!
  • Here! In the back row (waving hand furiously). I know the answer! Pick me!

In other words, "We're the best and the brightest. We have the answers. We should be running things!"

The genius of Karl Marx was not that he solved the world's economic problems. He didn't. The genius of Karl Marx was that he flipped the very old argument from, "Who should have the power?" and made it appear that the real question is, "Who should have the money?"

The great success of Marx is that he made the age-old vices of conceit and the lust for power seem legitimate; perhaps even honorable. Those who craved power over others could now cloak their lust in bland economic platitudes about the means of production and the voice of the proletariat.

The means of production – factories, jobs (and the money to pay for them) – would be owned in common by all the people. The decisions about what to produce (how to spend the money), how much to produce and who does what job would be made by those with political power (since they now controlled the assets). And these same elites would surely call on the academics for advice and implementation.

Two very different systems. Two very different inputs. And two very different results – as 90 years of communist history in various nations of the world has shown.

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