Karl Marx Genius Of The Modern World

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  • Brokeback Watchtower
    Brokeback Watchtower

    He was all for getting rid of religions and their delusions for the betterment of mankind.


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  • JeffT

    Let me see: V. I. Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, the Kim family...Yeah, I think I'll stick with religion, thanks.

  • _Morpheus

    I am no fan of religion but that hardly makes me or marx a genius.

  • JRK

    My favorite Frank Zappa quote: "Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff."

  • Bungi Bill
    Bungi Bill

    Or "Communism / Socialism won't work because Communists / Socialists won't work"

    - In other words, the inevitable result of removing all incentives to do anything extra. (An attitude quickly develops of "why bother, you get no thanks for it").

  • Simon

    Communism killed more people than Nazism. It's failed every place it's been tried.

    There was an article on the BBC today I think (or yesterday? I couldn't find it) that described modern research about "equality" - our view of inequality being all about wealth is wrong, people balk at unfairness more. It's a simple fact that some people work harder than others and most people think they should be rewarded more as a result.

    Communism is what happens when the people who don't want to do the work want the ones that do to work for them.

    He was right about religion though.

    Ah, found the link: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170706-theres-a-problem-with-the-way-we-define-inequality

    TL;DR; Even at young school age, kids have an inbuilt desire to reward work and recognize that it's not fair to five everyone the same when not everyone works the same.

    Capitalism has it's flaws but has produced better societies than communism and the issues with capitalism are usually to do with failures of oversight or misguided government intervention than the system or ideology itself.

  • Bungi Bill
    Bungi Bill

    Ironically, at the time many of my generation were leaning towards communism (i.e. in the late 1960s / early 1970s), those living under communism had already realised it was a failure. Not, of course, that they could voice those opinions too loudly!

    That anything got done at all in the communist countries of Eastern Europe was due entirely to an informal (and illegal) barter economy that operated by default. (That from a work colleague who managed to defect from Romania while Ceausescu was still in charge).

  • nelim
    In Cuba it seems to "work" okayish. I've been there myself. Although people are poor (in our view) they don't seem to mind much, they have what they need. Capitalism does increase overall wealth though. But it also needs a lot of regulations and control, otherwise (big) companies optimize for themselves (monopoly abuse) or form a cartel. It's not black/white.
  • Bungi Bill
    Bungi Bill

    If capitalism requires "a lot of regulations and control", then communism requires that in spades! The communist countries were highly bureaucratic in nature, which was one of the things that led to their demise.

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