Illuminat3d0ne wrote:Foolish possibly but he was also young and even personally Marxism seemed like a good idea on paper when I was young
Possibly foolish for believing true Marxism can exist in this world, that I would agree with
Yeah I used to think that the problem wasn't with Marxism itself but with a misinterpretation of it, Stalinism and Maoism. I'm no expert on the Marxist philosophy but I know that it's based on Dialectical Materialism. This means that the whole of reality is interpreted to be the product of matter, there is no spirit, soul, essence, whatever you want to call it. I'm don't believe the hype of the church but it seems to me that were it not for religion the world would be even more barbaric than it currently is.
Marxism effectively reduces human beings to machines and tries to resolve all the world's problems just by resolving the problem of labor. The whole of history is nothing but a struggle between the bourgeois and the proletariat, this is the sole motor of all historical changes. Rather reductionist view of the human being, is it not?
Because Marxism purports to be absolute truth, dissenters must be destroyed (at least, in practise it has been that way). Then there's the whole thing about "the dictatorship of the proletariat" (some people think it doesn't mean a perpetual dictatorship, but that's how it's always been in practise).
There are surely a whole load more ways to criticize the foundations of Marxism but I can't remember so much at present.
Illuminat3d0ne wrote:Both are simply ways of controlling a population, the only truly free political system would be arachy
Yes, if we can each learn to govern ourselves. The majority of anarchists who I've met seem to be in it for the free love and the easy life (not much work except taking a beating from the cops now and again).