The Marxism Mistake


Karl Marx (1818-1883)

Karl Marx (1818-1883) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A child generally knows immediately after touching a hot stove that the invariable result of that choice is a painful burn, and he will usually resolve to not attempt such a thing again. This is a lesson learned by experience.


A second child, watching this first one place his hand on the stove, may witness him cry out in agony from the self-inflicted wound. Capable of understanding the first child’s choice and its predictable result, this second child will also usually resolve to avoid making the same mistake. This is a lesson learned by example.

Now imagine that these are not children, but adults. Imagine that the consequence of the choice in question is not a physical burn, but widespread poverty, famine, or death at the hands of brutal oppressors. And imagine that the witnessing party sees this result from that choice not once, but many, many times- each with consistent, horrible results.

And imagine that in spite of these examples, he longs only to make that same choice in hopes of a different result- salvation.

Just as there is only one way to touch a hot stove with your bare hands, there is only one way to give up your God-given liberty and place your faith in a ruling regime of socialists that promise Utopia if they could only be given the authority to redistribute the wealth needed to achieve it. And the result is as predictable- the only variable is its severity.

The history of the twentieth century offers ample evidence of this. The application of Marxist ideology has yielded the Holodomor in the Soviet Union, the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution in China, the Killing Fields in Cambodia, and the continuing government-orchestrated famine in North Korea. These events alone, according to some estimates, are responsible for the government sanctioned murder of well over 50 million people. But for some reason, huge numbers of Westerners refuse to learn from these examples we’ve witnessed, and they have bought wholesale the notion that the tenets of Marxism- particularly the fundamental maxim of “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs”- hold the key to prosperity.

Clearly, this is what Barack Obama offered America with his campaign platform of “spreading the wealth.” And it’s no coincidence. Those who knew Obama in college recall that a young Obama “described himself at the time as a Marxist-Leninist” who “anticipated a revolution in the United States.”

So it is clear now that America had fallen head-over-heels for Marxist principles in 2008, peddled by a self-described Marxist who hides behind the thin veil of “progressivism.” What might a person who has experienced the horrors of the Marxist ideology tell those in America that lack a child’s ability to learn by example?

Perhaps it would read something like this:

Prime Minister Putin, less than two months ago, warned Obama and the UK’s Blair, not to follow the path to Marxism, it only leads to disaster.

“Apparently, even though we suffered 70 years of this Western-sponsored horror show, we know nothing, as foolish, drunken Russians, so let our “wise” Anglo-Saxon fools find out the folly of their own pride.” These are the words of Russian blogger Stanislav Mishin, written in April of 2009, describing what he perceives as Western civilization’s willing descent into Marxism. In America, he describes, the transition to Marxism was undertaken with “breath taking speed” in the wake of Barack Obama’s inauguration. He laments the “collapse” of American capitalism, evidenced by unelected appointees usurping the “rights, duties, and powers of the American congress,” and he particularly points out the federal government’s demand for the resignation of the CEO of General Motors. “That is correct, dear reader,” he explains. “In the land of the “pure,” free markets, the American president now has the power, the self given power, to fire CEOs and we can assume other employees of private companies, at will. Come hither, go dither, the centurion commands his minions.”

This is not capitalism. This is a government with the power to strangle private business, take property from its citizens on its whims, and redistribute that property at its discretion. And it is not freedom. Those who’ve lived under such oppression recognize this. Those who are able to glean lessons from history understand this.

But then, there are those blind and willing lambs, who will continue to bleat their support for Barack Obama in the coming months. We can only hope that enough voters will recognize in 2012 what Obama truly offers, and that they will refuse to sacrifice their liberty at Marxism’s altar.

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