The Left’s Chilling Refusal to Stop Flirting With Marxist Ideas

Karl Marx Marxism MarxistThe New York Times just can’t stop talking about communism.

Recently the Times ran an editorial headlined  “Happy Birthday, Karl Marx. You Were Right!”

The piece, written by Jason Barker, a professor in South Korea, is about what one would expect from a defense of communism. As one Federalist writer noted, it was “beyond parody.”

Hilariously, the article was behind a very capitalistic paywall.

The New York Times hasn’t shied away from publishing Marxist boosterism.

In 2017, the Times dedicated an entire section of its website to the 100-year anniversary of the communist revolution in Russia. It featured an assortment of absurd pieces running the gamut of declaring Lenin a hero environmentalist to claiming that women had better sex lives under socialism.

This romanticized account of life under communism is a delusion.

Of course, while the most ridiculous claim in the most recent piece is that Marx has somehow proven to be correct, it’s notable it goes a step further to say that essentially nobody questions his fundamental critiques of capitalism.

“While most are in agreement about Marx’s diagnosis of capitalism, opinion on how to treat its ‘disorder’ is thoroughly divided,” Barker wrote.

It seems fair to conclude that actually there is widespread doubt about Marx’s claims about capitalism—unless, of course, one lives in a neatly sealed left-wing bubble.

The fact is, Marx was wrong about everything.

He was wrong about economics, wrong about the flow of history, wrong about religion, wrong about where his ideas would lead, and most importantly, wrong about human nature—which he believed could be reshaped under a communist regime.

If there was one thing that was illuminating about Barker’s piece, it was his description of modern social justice crusades as fundamentally Marxist.

“Social justice movements like Black Lives Matter and #MeToo owe something of an unspoken debt to Marx through their unapologetic targeting of the ‘eternal truths’ of our age,” Barker wrote. “Such movements recognize, as did Marx, that the ideas that rule every society are those of its ruling class and that overturning those ideas is fundamental to true revolutionary progress.”

This is an interesting admission that these movements are essentially “cultural Marxism,” a phrase that the left so often stridently claims is a figment of conservative imaginations.

Given the profound failures of and misery created by communism in the past, we probably shouldn’t be too hopeful about the success of its modern iterations.

Unfortunately, many young people don’t know about the depths of these past failures, or have a skewed idea of what communism means in practice.

We should all worry about the consequences of historical ignorance.

At least Marx could conceivably say that “real communism hasn’t been tried yet.”

His modern proponents don’t have an excuse.

After nearly two centuries of experimentation with Marxist ideas, communism has failed to produce a brotherhood of man or a classless society in which everyone worked in blissful harmony.

Instead, it has produced societies notorious for their cruelty, dysfunction, and violence. It has led to the estimated death toll of just under 100 million people in the last century.

One only has to look at the Korean Peninsula to see the astounding difference of a society under communist tyranny and freedom.


As historian Sean McMeekin wrote in his book, “The Russian Revolution”:

Today’s Western socialists, dreaming of a world where private property and inequality are outlawed, where rational economic development is planned by far-seeing intellectuals, should be careful what they wish for … they may just get it.

Communism offers nothing to humanity but suffering and hopelessness.

This is not to say that life under communism was all about starvation and murderous purges.

Even at its least malignant, living under communism’s inevitable system of enforced conformity and equality where decisions are only the purview of government authorities and bureaucratic managers is hardly a system of human flourishing.

This is more akin to living a lifetime stuck in the DMV.

Marx was wrong, hopelessly wrong. His ideas have been tried, tested, and spectacularly failed.

It’s time to leave his legacy on the ash heap of history.

From - The Daily Signal - by Jarrett Stepman

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2 years ago

The two Koreas are a stark contrast to the difference between the two ideologies. Communism in the North: dark, starving, raging lunacy, and at war with its neighbors. In the South: health competition, free market capitalism, growth, freedom and a positive future for its people. And the left is too blind to see.

James J Baehr
2 years ago

The Progressives and Leftists are Communists and Socialists. We need to call them as they are. They are enemies of the state. The Democrats in this country are Communists and/or Socialists and it time we boot them out and regain our Country. We need to start with our schools and colleges. The Communists have taken them over and are now indoctrinating our kids into believing that Communism and Socialism are the desired way of life. The media today is nothing more than propaganda outlet for the American Communists.

Paul W
2 years ago

Leftism=Marxism…period. Not just in this country, but globally. The days of the “blue-dog” democrat in this country are long gone. If you’re still a democrat, but don’t have Marxist ideology, you really need to rethink your political affiliation. Your party has left you.

2 years ago

Without capitalism, which makes some people wealthy based on what they accomplish, there could have never been the ECONOMIC ENGINES that produce millions of jobs and a higher standard of living for all. There would have never been Apple, Boeing, Thomas Edison inventions, Tesla Motors, and on and on. Capitalism NATURALLY rewards those who attempt and succeed in producing new ideas that changed the world and those who improve on those ideas and successes. We ALL have that opportunity in America under a capitalistic society coupled with democracy. Capitalism is NOT a dirty word but rather the one economic law… Read more »

Rev. R.S. Helms
2 years ago

This is a great piece on Marxism, which Socialism has adopted, and liberalism has become. Democrats evolved into a total liberalism after FDR’s United Nations. I just had to repost this to Bob’s Opinion, because it is my studied opinion that the left and RINO Establishment Republicans are a real danger to the Constitution and freedom of the United States.

2 years ago

When Nixon finally got China to open their markets to Capitalism it made them the richest country on earth and raised the standard of living of hundreds of millions of the Chinese people to a level they had never known. The lines for food and all other things in Russia disappeared after Reagan defeated their Communist Party. Putin has been trying to restore that “ruling class” but along the way he has accrued $40 BILLION dollars in personal wealth! “Absolute authority corrupts absolutely.” Hypocrisy at its finest. REMEMBER THIS; all of the “…isms” are the same with one exception, Capitalism.… Read more »

2 years ago

I’m so sick and tired of all this communism bs being talked about. I imagine we all grew up in the 50s and 60s and we experienced the china reds and the russian great 30 and 40 and 50 yr plans that fell through their a$$ Oh ya collectively that is. Get it? Collectively. I can’t wrap my mind around who could be so ignorant as to buy into that bs? Heck russia and china don’t really buy into this. Just the stupid democrats, and thats what i don’t get. I guess it’s gotta be the young people. I think… Read more »

joseph Kiesznoski
2 years ago

The article nailed it 100%.

2 years ago

Maybe those spoiled left leaning socialists, Dems, Media, bureaucrats, journalists, celebrities, resisters, climate alarmists, entertainers and politicos
Should permanently move without their accumulated capitalistic assets to one of those Marxist socialist utopias
And live like a typical average citizen
Good luck

2 years ago

What blindness!

George Rivera Jr
2 years ago

Phoney NWO “movements” artificially funded in order to mobilize useful idiots like BLM and #metoo aside, the main thrust to defeat criticizm of Big Government failures is that It Didn’t Go Far Enough. What? Pol Pot’s Killing Fields, Stalin’s Slaughter of the Innocents and Hitler’s Ovens were too tame? Idiots, all. Those pushing Communist thought and NWO tactics do so only to enrich themselves through war, strife and conflict. No other reason.

2 years ago

Ayn Rand was right.

Mary Sergiacomi
2 years ago

Funny really, when Russian communism fell, it never really went away! They only changed the name to Socialism….which sounds a bit more humane. However, Socialism/Communism has never served the masses and the elites still live in their Ivory towers enjoying their lives while the servile masses continue to struggle against the inequities. Ha!!!

2 years ago

He is correct, “true communism” has never been tried. George Soros and the rest of the wealthy marxist elite would use their own funds to correct all of life’s unfairness that affects the poor and not require me to pay taxes until their wealth has been reduced to my level. Instead, they use totalitarian statist principles to further their own power and wealth. Name one marxist, communist, socialist, statist “leader” who has not enriched himself due to his omnipotence.

2 years ago

Only one thing wrong with socialism and communism: You can’t go back to the old ways. I urge, no I IMPLORE anyone who embraces these two forms of government, RUN, do not walk to the nearest airport and move to a country that has communism or socialism as their form of government. If it is so damn bad here, just move your little butt to somewhere else. I will help pay your way. On condition: This will be a one way ticket!

Thomas Haj
2 years ago

The Times title should have been; “Karl Marx, you were left when the right won”.

2 years ago

Quote from Jason Barker taken from the article: “Social justice movements like Black Lives Matter and #MeToo … recognize, as did Marx, that the ideas that rule every society are those of its ruling class and that overturning those ideas is fundamental to true revolutionary progress” Such a statement is ironic in that once such movements come to be the dominant influence in society they then become the “ruling class”. So, by that thinking, their ideas would then need to be overturned to effect progress. Thus, the same statement that they use to gain power also can be used to… Read more »

Pete from St Pete
2 years ago

The spirit of Walter Duranty lives on! Duranty was the New York Times journalist for the Times Back in the 1920s & 30s who was their only reporter in all of Russia. He was so enamored of communism that he purposely overlooked the intentional starvation of up to 10 million Ukrainians who refused to participate in Stalin’s plans to make all farmers join collective farms by commandeering their crops. As a result Stalin ruined the most productive wheat farms in the whole Soviet Union for many years to come. It has become a policy of the Times not to report… Read more »

2 years ago

that was not the point of the article..and if you read it, then you would not be ranting about the NY Time promoting Communism. The point was that Marx called it correct in stating “capitalism is driven by a deeply divisive class struggle in which the ruling-class minority appropriates the surplus labor of the working-class majority as profit “….not that he had the correct solution for all the greed-driven, self aggrandized life styles that are achieved by trod-ding on the poor…AND the middle class…AND the upper middle class…. The point is that people in this country are FED UP with… Read more »

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