Daniel Hannan wonders why people would be Marxists today

Daniel Hannan wonders why people would be Marxists today: Quote:

The extraordinary thing about Marxism is not its destructiveness ? though, with 100? million deaths on its account, it is by far the most lethal ideology ever devised. No, the truly extraordinary thing is that, despite that monstrous record, it remains intellectually respectable. As Kristian Niemietz of the Institute of Economic Affairs observes:??Marxists are pretty much the only thinkers who accept no responsibility whatsoever for real-world approximations of their ideas.?

Two hundred years have passed since Karl Marx was born among the sloping vineyards of the Moselle Valley, and he is still in vogue.?A statue, sponsored by China,?was unveiled for the occasion. Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, attended the ceremony. The shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, spoke at a communist festival called Marx 200. Half-clever academics the world over spent the week telling each other how ?pertinent? Marx?s critique of capitalism still was.

Pertinent, I suppose, in the sense that it infects our entire political discourse. People unconsciously quote Marx all the time. Whenever you use the word ?exploit? in an economic sense, or the word ?bourgeois? or, come to that, the word ?capitalist?, you are drawing directly on the tetchy old scrounger?s theories.

Even the class enemy has adopted chunks of his world-view. Consider the headlines in what Marx would have seen as bourgeois-capitalist newspapers, such as the Financial Times (?Why Karl Marx is more relevant than ever?),?The Economist?(?On his bicentenary, Marx?s diagnosis of capitalism?s flaws is surprisingly relevant?) and?The New York Times?(?Happy birthday, Karl Marx, you were right?). The?NYT?article, typically, makes just one elliptical reference to Communist countries: ?There is still a great deal to be learned from their disasters, but their philosophical relevance remains doubtful.?

To see quite how outrageous that statement is, imagine it in any other context. Suppose a columnist were to argue that fascism, as an idea, had never properly been tried, and that we shouldn?t judge it by the unfortunate record of those regimes in the 1930s that called themselves fascist. There would be uproar. Readers would point out, correctly, that it was disgusting to try to separate fascism from the 17? million deaths it caused, a record surpassed only by ? well,, only by communism. Yet, somehow, Marxism continues to be judged as a textbook theory, disconnected from its actual consequences. End quote.

Consequences that continue to this day in Venezuela. Mind you though Marxism would make health troughers happy as there is no obesity in marxist countries…only deprivation.?Quote:

Those consequences were monotonously predictable. Show me a communist regime and I?ll show you labour camps, firing squads and torture chambers. It was the same story every time, from Albania to Angola, from Benin to Bulgaria, from Cuba to Czechoslovakia.

Why? Because the only way to enforce an ideology at odds with human nature is through a police state. The bearded prophet plainly had some inkling of what would be required when he wrote, in The Communist Manifesto:, ?The one way in which the murderous death agonies of the old society and the bloody birth throes of the new can be shortened, simplified and concentrated, is revolutionary terror.?

It?s true, of course, that there is no perfect example of a Marxist state, any more than of a capitalist state. Surely we can agree, though, that South Korea, with all its blemishes, is closer to the capitalist ideal than North Korea. Yet while the flaws in South Korea ? inequality, corruption and so on ? are held against free markets, the horrors in North Korea, including famines and systematic torture, supposedly tell us nothing whatsoever about Marxism.

These days, the fashionable way to defend Marx is as (in McDonnell?s words) ?a great economist?. Even if that were true, it would be a bizarre thing to say, rather like defending Nero as a great musician, or Osama bin Laden as a great theologian.

In fact, though, Marx was a hopeless economist, who struggled to grasp that goods did not have an intrinsic value, and that prices were a consequence of demand rather than of bourgeois greed. Listen to the drivel he wrote in Das Kapital: ?The sum of the values in circulation clearly cannot be augmented by any change in their distribution, any more than the quantity of the precious metals in a country can be augmented by a Jew selling a Queen Anne?s farthing for a guinea.? (His anti-Semitism?is something else we are expected to overlook.)

Marx regarded his pronouncements not as opinions, but as scientific truths. Yet almost all his forecasts turned out to be wrong. Free markets, he predicted, would destroy the bourgeoisie, concentrating wealth in the hands of a tiny number of oligarchs. In fact, free markets enlarged the middle class everywhere. The revolution, he said, would occur when the proletariat became sufficiently self-aware, first in Britain and then Germany. In fact, as working people in those countries became more educated, they became more attached to private property. Capitalism, he averred, was on its last legs. In fact, when he wrote that, markets were already working their magic: the income of the average British family increased by an incredible 300 per cent during the miserable cadger?s lifetime.

The only way to explain the enduring appeal of Marxism is as a dogma. The more at odds it is with common sense, the greater the opportunity for devotees to flaunt their faith. Marxists like to dismiss religious people as gullible fools who have lost touch with reality. They should look in the mirror.?End quote.

You don’t have to look too far in the blogosphere to see how retarded Marxist bloggers are. Hell’s teeth one even looks like him, cloth cap and all, and has his picture hung on his wall.

Marxism has never worked anywhere in the world, ever. Unless you class misery, death, starvation and deprication as key performance indicators, then it is top class and a world beater system.

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