Marxism doesn’t die because so many people think the world owes them a living; or look to blame others for their own failures; or are envious of others' achievements; or are the lowest of the low, so hateful that they'd rather see other people fail than to themselves succeed—people who resent the responsibility of living, and look to take their frustrations out on everybody else. Every society has people like this. Plenty of them. That's what Marx appeals to. That’s why Marxism will always rise again from the dead, and always be a threat to honorable people and free societies, will always be an evil decent people will need to beat back again and again.
Can Marxism ever be buried forever--a stake driven through its heart? After all, as C. Bradley Thompson observes in a talk to FEE, “Marxism is the philosophy of malevolence and hate. It is from beginning to end a criminal activity. It begins with theft and it ends with murder.” Yet, Marxism keeps vampiring back. Why?
True, hateful people will always exist to provide a “market” for Marxism. But I believe there’s more to the puzzle--the fact that many good people unwittingly provide moral support for Marxism. As Ari Armstrong has observed, too many people, including sincere anti-communist conservatives, continue to believe that “Marxism is ‘good in theory but not in practice.’” NO! Marxism is murderous in practice precisely because it is evil—morally evil—in theory. Only when we connect the practical dots to the moral dots—when the very mention of the term Marxism invokes the same revulsion in the secular realm as hell inspires in the religious realm—will we have a chance to bury Marxism for good. And that won’t happen, in my view, until the moral revolution begun by Ayn Rand is finally complete.
Why Marxism—Evil Laid Bare--C. Bradley Thompson for The Objective Standard
On Marxism’s 200th Birthday
"Why Marxism?" An Evening at FEE with C. Bradley Thompson
The saga of The Twentieth Century Motor Company in Atlas Shrugged, in which the company founder’s heirs implemented the Marxist principle, “From Each According to His Ability, to Each According to his Need.” Parts one, two, and three.