I stumbled upon this interesting time line the other day. Marxist thought has a very short and limited shelf life. Marx’s seminal works were published in the mid 1800’s. It took about 50 plus years for any nation to actually bring about Marxist thought to move from paper and fantasy to any governmental ruling position. Consider the following facts:
Czarist Russia fell in 1917. The USSR was established. It collapsed in about 1990, so about 70 years after it’s establishment.
After WWII, North Korea became Communist thanks to Mao & Stalin. It’s been about 65 or so years since then and how is good old North Korea doing? Armpit of the world would be a more than fair appraisal, no? But for the propping up from China this regime would have fallen years ago. In fact, without a “superpower-ish” nation to serve the client states, these small Marxist nations collapse quickly. How is the Marxist Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe doing?
Post WWII saw the Soviets extend hegemony over Eastern Europe and install Marxism there. What happened? By the late 1980’s each Eastern European nation, having failed by Western comparisons, altered course in less than 50 years, but in most those nations still some form of Marxist/socialist thought lingers.
Western Europe became socialist in the image of social democracies in the European parlance as they structured their post WWII societies. Recall, after WWII most of Europe was in shambles, so they had for lack of a better phrase, a blank slate to begin again. Out of the detritus of the greatest conflagration in Man’s history rose the “nanny state” so much of Europe is today. So, how are the European social democracies doing now?
China went Communist in 1947. Much of China is still almost feudal in many places except the cities. Many Chinese citizens NOT in the urban centers still live in relative poverty by Western standards. Many live in things we would correctly characterize as “huts.” Few paved roads, modern services and sanitary infrastructure the US takes for granted are largely unheard of across the vastness of China.
Only recently have the Chicoms had the good sense to establish some level of capitalistic economy and see how they are beginning to thrive? If they had remained as closed and rigid as the USSR had, they would not be the world power they are today.
Cuba is Communist, but they are admitting now the social/economic model of Communism has failed. Even Castro came out a few months ago and said almost those exact words. But for the propping up by the Soviets Cuba would have crashed long ago. Vietnam is relatively backward as well. Communist/Marxist/ totalitarian regimes do not generate the wealth to allow for improvement of the nation in terms of infrastructure and modern life as Westerners know it.
Now let’s keep in mind one of the overriding themes of Marxist thought versus American free enterprise, etc., and that is America has never had the experiences of Europe and Asia, so we do not have a history that is amenable to Marxism, socialism or any other rigid school of thought that addresses collectivization in any way. It is truly the fool’s errand to try and make us into a mirror image of the failed and totally different histories and experiences, social, economic and governmental, of the rest of the planet.
It is my thesis that if we examine the time lines of Marxist ideology we see an interesting event occurring, especially in terms of life spans of these systems of economy, social structure and government. Look around. What is the news from Western Europe?
Riots in England, Greece and France over budget cuts that must be made or the nations will go belly up in financial insolvency. Spain, Portugal, Italy, Ireland and others are in real danger of financial collapse and much sooner rather than later. Clearly as these nations are social democracies, we see an across the board failure of their economies and social systems, and all at about the same time too. Promises were made by these social democracies that financially cannot be kept in any way. There is a lesson here folks.
Marxist thought has a very limited shelf life. Watch and observe. Take note. Eyeball the time lines. Communism, Marxism and social democracy collapse thus far in about 75 years or less. Once the piper demands to be paid, and that SOB piper ALWAYS DOES, the ends are in sight.
Western Europe will abandon social democracy as it has been known or each nation will collapse – we see that and hear that right now. The people are mad as Hell that the promises made cannot be made good. Social Democrat government’s are confessing they cannot provide cradle to grave sustenance and the revolutions in Europe are occurring.
So the Marxist based ideologies’ shelf lives are reaching their ends. Much as “Hope & Change” can be shoveled down the throats of the unsuspecting, so can Marxism and it’s lesser offshoots. But then the light of day shines in and people wake up. Of course as often as not thus far, that “light” is when the piper comes calling for payment, but the light has been turned on nonetheless.
It could also be recalled Woodrow Wilson was a progressive and made many attempts at installing such as the order of the day in the US, but in a year after he left office the nation threw off that yoke. Here we see it being tried again, and interestingly enough, after four years of Pelosi and two years of Obama, we are throwing that yoke off once again. Coincidence?
So far history proves Marxist thought has a very limited appeal. The citizen’s of these nations are seeing first hand that the promises made cannot be made good. Marxist thought lasts only so long as people have no other choice or option, as well as little opportunity to change it, yet the freedoms of America are still going strong, the progressive ideology notwithstanding. We now have them on the run here and soon enough, as we did last week, will have them only as “dim bulbs” in our rear view mirrors.