Has Marxism been a good or bad thing?Watch
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Particularly when forcibly implemented by the sinister assortment of characters from contemporary history: revolutionaries, criminals or totalitarian regimes.
Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Castro, Allende.
Repressive dictators with personality cults, totalitarian regimes, human rights abuses, show trials, mass murder, food shortages, economic crisis, starvation, rising crime rates, political instability.
USSR, China and Cambodia for much of the 20th century.
Venezuela for the last decade.
On an academic level, Karl Marx had some interesting ideas and formulated a groundbreaking critique ideology in relation to capitalism and various other socio-political/economic/historical phenomena.
Fascinating literature for book reviews and brief scholarly talks.
But for the most part- destructive, counter productive and impractical.
If capitalism, hierarchy and social traditions are the disease that marxism seeks to remedy- then the cure is worse than the disease, for the most part.
It is possible that Marxism was a tool that was misused as it was originally intended for 19th century Britain with its economy and social organisation rather than in Russia and underdeveloped countries.
Its also been used as a tool for brutal dictators to take control yes. Just like how various capitalist governments have also become dictatorships.
Marxism has had a huge impact on our current society. Our governance today is vastly different to pre-WWI, and changes like the welfare state, the NHS, universal suffrage (not just landowners), came about only through fear of the proletariat.
I think that any parallels are co-incidental. The Labour Party owed more to Methodism than to Marx. Therefore such services could easily have been pushed by various religious or benevolent movements even had Marx not existed. Popular opinion more so than political theory.
Marxism would not give weekends to the millions of slaves and people in labor camps