This debate was sparked by a conversation I had with two of my younger cousins Saturday night over beers. They are both in their 2nd and 3rd years going to Boulder (liberal arts type majors). They were both extolling the virtues of Marxist/Lenin-ism brands of communism and blasting Capitalism as evil, corrupt and generally a bad system, etc etc…blah blah blah. It got me thinking, especially in light of some of the threads I’ve seen on this board on just about every thread that touches on the economy, and trade (globalization).
Having seen several out and out Marxist type Communists on this board, as well as several closet ones who blast from the shadows I thought I’d ask the question…how do folks who advocate this system keep the faith? From my perspective and my own reading of history it seems to be pretty much a universal failure. Every nation (with one exception I’ll get to eventually) who has attempted to implement such a system has been an economic disaster area. Most of them have had large segments of their populations willing to do just about anything to get away…and have had to resort to draconian measures to keep their citizens locked into the ‘workers paradise’.
The one notable exception, to my mind, is China…and they have basically resorted to putting up a Capitalist type system and attempting to keep the trappings of Communism. In fact (well, it can be argued anyway), the Communist baggage is holding China back, and eventually the situation will come to a head…with China either moving forward and dumping Communism or going back and keeping it.
I don’t want to really get into Capitalism here at all as a debate point. I don’t want to talk about Social/Capitalism which is the real world version, a sliding scale somewhere between the more Socialist oriented Europe and the more Capitalist oriented US…or the various Asian Capitalist nations who also fall somewhere on that sliding scale. I think that the success of Capitalism is undeniable, but that’s just my opinion. What I want to know is, how do folks, seemingly in the face of overwhelming evidence showing how bad a Marxist/Communist system is, still managed to be advocates of the system? How do they keep the faith?