Monday, July 18, 2005

When Dead Economists ATTACK






Well, technically I'm not sure Marx even counts as an economist. Mare of a hack, really. Marx and his philosophy led directly to Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro, Pol Pot and so on and so forth. And since the Soviet Union rejected Communism in favor of free markets and since humanity is rightly horrified by the crimes committed in Marx's name, you might think Marx is pretty much gone.

You'd be wrong.

At least according to Francis Wheen, writing in the Observer/UK (
reprinted at Commondreams). Wheen can scarcely hide his pleasure at the idea of a world giving the old snake oil another try.

Hey the first go-around with Marx took the world to the brink of NUCLEAR ANNIHILATION and pitched the United States and the Soviet Union into a decades long cold war. Who knows what the second taste will do.

Predictably Wheen sticks closer to the critiques of capitalism and away from the insane solution Marx proposed. Obviously it's more enjoyable to TEAR DOWN CAPITALISM than to risk revealing Marx's intellectual bankruptcy.

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