“The goal of socialism is communism.”
The twentieth century was the bloodiest period in recorded human history. We live in the specter of this era, to this day, as humanity has never quite fully recovered from the horrors they witnessed and the atrocities they bore from their fellow man.
Throughout the last century, the global balance of power was being perpetually shifted as regional disputes gave way to localized conflict and ideologically motivated actions yielded the emergence of total, global wars. Along with the seemingly constant bloodshed that characterized the 1900s, came the rise and popularization of a menagerie of ideological explanations to explore and attempt characterization of the human condition.
One such ideological outgrowth of this era was the philosophical school of Marxism, the parent to Communism and socialism born from the brain of none other than Karl Marx, himself. As is well known and documented, yet for some reason routinely—or at least clumsily—overlooked by leftists, Marxism is an ideology that has directly caused the deaths of millions upon millions of people and caused the suffering of many more.
Expert estimates place the non-combat body count of Marxist (read as socialist and Communist) heads-of-state well over 100,000,000. The application of Marxist policies—revolutionary policies oriented at achieving the Marxist bastardization, warped perception of equality through perpetual class conflict—are directly responsible for eradicating generations of human beings. For the record, Nazism—another of the notable evil ideologies to saturate the twentieth century with human misery—has a non-combatant body count of roughly 20,000,000 men, women, and children, including the victims of the Holocaust.
Both Nazism and Marxism are evil. Both wiped out millions of innocent human beings, contributed to immense amounts of human suffering, and plunged the world into an existential nightmare from which it still has not fully awoken. However, one of these schools of thought is still widely embraced, and the other has rightfully earned the ire and scorn of the entire global population. It goes without saying which is which.
So why is it cultural elites, academics, and global institutions who all so readily bend the knee for Karl Marx? The answer is quite simple: they are out of touch with reality and have, as institutions, forsaken their quest for equity.
Indeed, our well intentioned peers that genuinely want to make the world a better place and have bought into the hype around neo-Marxists such as Bernie Sanders have unfortunately become duped by a movement arguably more cynical and more blood-soaked than the economic system against which they claim diametric opposition.
For all of Sandinista loving Sanders’s rhetoric at how Americans ought to embrace a worldview that makes space for all people and that we ought to do away with “extreme wealth” inequality, he does a horrendous job at practicing this, in typical leftist fashion. A number of his campaign staffers have been documented calling for violent insurrection, and he is a part of the elitist class of which he claims to be antithetically opposed. In a similar vein, Sanders has endorsed the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, fawned over Fidel Castro’s revolutionary government in Cuba, stands by Nicolas Maduro’s Venezuela as democratic, and more. And for the record, Nordic socialism is a myth, and they do not consider themselves socialist, at all.
Characterized by the same ideals that he wholeheartedly believes in, the Marxist states that Sanders fawns over—and the leaders that he hobnobs with—overwhelmingly fail, and we ought to be vocal about it. After all, no sane human being should be singing the praises of Fidel Castro or Che Guevara, or are we allowed to celebrate concentration camps when it advances an ideology supported by popular culture?
Are we so radically obsessed with someone else alleviating our individual suffering at the potential expense of someone else’s misery that we’ll become historically illiterate mental gymnasts that are fluent in logical fallacies?
In some regards, the Marxist appeal makes a degree of sense. In an inherently and perpetually uneven society, it is sold as a chance at a utopian end and that all our wants and needs from here on out will be taken care of by a surrogate authority figure but this isn’t so. With history as one witness and current events as another, time and time again, Marxism has proven itself to be a failure that leaves behind a trail of corpses.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.