Yet the discrediting of the vision of Karl Marx by the 20th-century communisms that claimed him does not vitiate the original vision. Echoing what Mahatma Gandhi once said of Christianity, Marxism has yet to be really tried.
James, if you believe the 60 million dead in the Soviet Union and the tens of millions of uncounted dead in China are not enough to “vitiate the original vision” maybe you should spend a few weeks in the ruins of their concentration camps or among their unmarked graves and contemplate what these millions of dead might say to someone living in later times and in freedom who proposed giving the system that destroyed them another roll of the dice.
A system that one who spent decades in Stalin’s Gulag called:
“A primitive, superficial economic theory, it declared that only the worker creates value and failed to take into account the contribution of either organizers, engineers, transportation or marketing systems. It was mistaken when if forecast that the proletariat would be endlessly oppressed and would never achieve anything in a bourgeois democracy – if only we could shower people with as much food, clothing and leisure as they have gained under capitalism! It missed the point when it asserted that the prosperity of the European countries depended on their colonies – it was only after they had shaken the colonies off they they began to accomplish their “economic miracles”. It was mistaken through and through in its prediction that socialist could never come to power except through armed uprising. It miscalculated in thinking that the first uprising would take place in the advanced industrial countries – quite the reverse. And the picture of how the whole world would rapidly be overtaken by revolutions and how states would soon wither away was sheer delusion, sheer ignorance of human nature.”