almost forgot

one-hundred years of misery, repression, deprivation, lies, wars, and millions of dead

But real Marxist socialism/communism?
Yeah, it’s been tried.

For those of you too young to remember (I was stationed in the UK at the time),
President Reagan called it the ash-heap of history. (vid clips from that speech) (full vid)
Sure, it’s a tad longer than the Gettysburg Address; but it, too, defines American objectives at a critical point in history.

Trump’s speech before Korea’s National Assembly

☟ It's probably time to repost 'DougM’s Two-Minute Theory of the Marxist Political Vector
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DougM’s Two-Minute Theory of the Marxist Political Vector

(or Why You Can’t Get There From Here)

Marxist revolutions can never achieve true communism, because the political process must always pass through a stable form despotic Socialism (e.g. Stalinism). There are no paths from that miserable and cruel abyss up to the cloud-city of communism.

The power and ruthlessness required to succeed in a revolution of the masses requires strongmen. Strongmen don’t cede power once acquired, so after the initial revolution, everything is about maintaining power. First, the opposition must be dealt with, and that gets ugly. As a result, the True Believers™ become appalled by what’s going on, so they must be dealt with, too. Rivals within the regime and possible future rival groups and incubators must then be deal with.

As a result, “dealing with” becomes the main business of the regime. That despotism is, historically, a fairly stable condition, so all that remains of the revolution is the label “Socialist.” Socialism is the relatively stable, despotic stage preceding an idyllic Marxist communism that can never come.

However, the regime can’t maintain power by simple despotism forever, so it evolves into a kind of organized-crime state. That’s a parasitic condition which functions for a while; but it survives only by consuming its host, eventually discarding its rotten, partially consumed parts, and invading a fresh host.

Sometimes a parasitic regime recognizes the impossibility of continuing that way, so it eases the reins allows the host to heal a little (e.g. Lenin, China) … after which it resumes its parasitic, despotic nature in order to sustain the regime’s power. Of course, if this easing of the reins goes on too long, the people will get a taste for the good life, and the Socialist regime may collapse.

That’s why Socialism has never evolved into true Marxist communism. Not only is it a fundamentally flawed as a theory of government (based on Marx’s bad history, bad economics, and bad psychology), it is ultimately impossible to achieve, politically.


  1. Daemon
    Posted November 8, 2017 at 2:15 pm |

    And every Soviet-bloc country, given the chance, immediately abandoned communism. Coincidence?

    So why do people still espouse communism?

  2. Bruce
    Posted November 8, 2017 at 4:09 pm |

    So, THAT’s why Lenin’s right boot is green!

  3. Posted November 8, 2017 at 5:59 pm |

    Actually, real marxist-communism has never been tried.

    It was supposed to be a spontaneous thing that would come about after the proletariat revolted and brought in the True Equality of Communism all over the world.
    So by definition, marxist-communism in any single country is a perversion of Marx’ vision.

    That was one of Trotsky’s beefs, well, that and that he was pushed out and eventually murdered.

  4. DougM and his raccoon platoon
    Posted November 8, 2017 at 7:26 pm |

    ^ So, yeah, they tried and failed;
    and those places where they’re still trying are failures.

  5. DougM and his raccoon platoon
    Posted November 9, 2017 at 9:30 am |

    Marx was an incompetent crackpot: bad history, bad economics, bad psychology…
    I rank his sci-fi utopianism right up there with stuff by L Ron Hubbard.

    Hmm, prob’ly time to post an update with my cheap Marxist Political Vector.
    It may be wrong, but it’s righter than Marx was.

  6. rickn8or
    Posted November 9, 2017 at 10:30 am |

    “one-hundred years of misery, repression, deprivation, lies, wars, and millions of dead… prove nothing!”

    Interesting how all these systems, communism, fascism, islam, etc. can never be fully implemented and “these conditions will prevail” until their system is implemented worldwide, whereupon all will be hunky-dory.

  7. DougM and his raccoon platoon
    Posted November 9, 2017 at 12:25 pm |

    Oh, and speaking of sci-fi utopianism

  8. Posted November 11, 2017 at 2:54 pm |

    One of my very favorite travel photos! Hi everbodies,, yup, still alive!

  9. DougM and his raccoon platoon
    Posted November 11, 2017 at 3:28 pm |

    ^ Heyyyy, welcome back!