I suspect Marx, were he alive today, would cringe at what has been done in his name. Seeing how the more negative aspects of unrestrained capitalism have been checked, and that the middle class is basically productive and happy, I doubt that he would even be a Marxist.
posted on 02/18/2002 3:08:14 PM PST
... I doubt that he would even be a Marxist ...
I think you're absolutely correct. I think Marx had enough integrity as a philosopher and as a revolutionary to review and even revise his findings in light of new facts. He did it all the time throughout his career.
If only those who claim his name in our own dark era had as much integrity. Or would treat Marx's writings not as dogma, but as hypotheses.
I suspect Marx, were he alive today, would cringe at what has been done in his name.
I think that's a safe bet although he was not week-kneed about the use of force, I doubt he ever envisioned it on a scale of Stalin, Mao or Hitler.
Marx was actually an interesting person. He was like a half baked doctor in many ways. He was excellent at diagnosing the aliment. He had that part right a lot. The part he had trouble with was the cure. His prescriptions ended up killing the patient.
posted on 02/18/2002 3:24:37 PM PST
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