RED JOURNALISM: Washington Post Defends Marx – “Five Myths About Socialism”

Saturday, March 2, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Nan and Byron McKeeby
March 1, 2019

President Trump used his State of the Union speech to position America squarely against the rising tide of socialism.

The Washington Post has chosen to take the other side.

“Perspective: Five myths about socialism

The author of the article contradicts herself numerous times, and remains completely silent on the hundreds of millions of corpses piled atop the alter of Marx, so we will be brief in deconstructing her apology for the left.

Socialism is a single coherent ideology.

…socialism has multiple meanings and interpretations, which have to be disentangled before a discussion about its merits can begin. One distinction centers on whether socialism is a system that must supplant capitalism or one that can harness the market’s immense productive capacity for progressive ends. Karl Marx, who predicted that historical forces would inevitably lead to capitalism’s demise and to government control of industry, was the most famous proponent of the first type of socialism. An impatient Vladi­mir Lenin argued instead that rather than waiting for history to run its course, a revolutionary vanguard should destroy capitalism.

Other socialists, however, did not accept the violent, undemocratic nature of that course, although they agreed that capitalism was unjust and unstable. The left’s role, in the view of these “democratic socialists” — the Czech-Austrian theorist Karl Kautsky, for instance — was to remind citizens of capitalism’s defects and rally popular support for an alternative economic system that would end private ownership and assert popular control over the means of production.

1.If the Government is “harnessing” the market, it’s not free. It’s harnessed. #Derp
2.If only the left granted Conservatives as much nuance and latitude as they do themselves. Everyone in a red hat is a nazi. Christians are homophobes. But marxists who want to destroy capitalism through force and marxists who want to eat away at capitalism incrementally over time are totally different, and it’s not fair to put them in the same camp.

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