I think there is no better time to provide some short review of Marxisms than May, 1st.
Marx, having his work cited in many many scientific publications, was an important philosopher, no doubt about that.
One of hist great ideas was that history has its rules. The evolution of societies, which is reflected by historical events is the main idea of fauceir evolution, too, the society being only one of many different fauceirs. Unfortunately, he made a mistake. This is nothing to be ashamed of. Every great scientist made his or her mistakes, so why not Marx. Ironically, his mistake was part of the rules in history. Erroneously, he regarded himself as an independent observer who only describes and interprets—as we all do—but of course he was only part of the story—as we all are.
His great discovery was progress in history. Human history improved from stone ages, through slavery and feudalism to capitalism. The latter being the most progressive as it favored dramatic progress in industry, science, and human culture. But as every fauceir capitalism has its drawbacks too. Inherent imprecision, we would call that from a more abstract point of view. Among other things these drawbacks included unemployment, cyclic crises, and great differences in income, and Marx thought he had found the solution, but he terribly failed. His solution, though it seemed to improve the drawbacks, made all things worse. What he proposed was not actually social progress but regress, a step backwards to feudalism. As a matter of fact, during feudalisms there was less unemployment rather a shortage of labor, there were few economic crises rather frequent wars. There most of the time was stagnation, restriction of human rights and many many other drawbacks.
Marx’ yearning for feudalism does not come as a surprise. He published his Manifesto 1949, while in Germany the democratic revolution took place. Almost every democratic revolution had its counter-revolution. Remember Cromwell in England, Napoleon in France, and Lenin’s October revolution after the democratic revolution in February 1917 in Russia.
Marx’ idea to reinstall feudalism was a bit different from what, for instance, Napoleon reinstalled which was outright feudalism. Marx’ idea of feudalism was meant to be a better one based on democratic elections and one that cared for social problems. This made his ideas more popular, but it was feudalism anyway, and sooner or later all the disadvantages of feudalism became apparent in all socialist countries. Socialism failed as feudalism failed centuries before.
As they correctly felt the danger of going back in history, many politicians sweepingly disapproved marxism in general, again a matter of imprecise fauceir control. But not until you will appreciate its merits will you be aware of its faults.
You have to understand marxism to dismiss its mistakes.
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