‘Don’t make excuses for the violence done in name of Marxism’

May 17, 2018

VIOLENT WORDS: Karl Marx wrote this in a German newspaper in 1848: “”There is only one way in which the murderous death agonies of the old society and the bloody birth throes of the new society can be shortened and concentrated and that way is revolutionary terror.” The picture of Marx is based on a portrait from John Jabez Edwin Mayal.

HISTORICAL CONTEXT: EU president Jean-Claude Juncker said of Marx at his 200th birth commemoration: “Marx isn’t responsible for all the atrocities his alleged heirs have to answer for. One has to understand Karl Marx from the context of his time and not have prejudices based on hindsight, these judgements shouldn’t exist.” Picture courtesy of the European People’s Party.

SIMILAR TRENDS: “We can see that Fascism leads to bloodshed, war and oppression and so has every Communist Regime – Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Cuba – they all rely on torture, firing squads and labour camps. One hundred years on it is time to recognise evil for what it was.” – Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan.

 

NO EXCUSES: “There have been 100 million dead. We are not even talking about people who were in gulags for 20 years or maimed in wars or tried to revolt against the society. This was just direct deaths. How can you just leap those bodies? It wasn’t real Marxism, come on.” – Stefan Molyneux of Freedomain Radio.

 

 

MARXISM has been labelled as “revolutionary terror” by critics after the head of the European Commission paid a visit to the home town of its founder.
Jean-Claude Juncker made the controversial visit to Karl Marx’s home town, Trier on 4 May 2018, on the 200th anniversary of his birth and was adamant that the philosopher could not be held responsible for those who used his ideology as a weapon to attack others.
Karl Marx’s theories on society, economics and politics – collectively known as “Marxism” – says that human societies develop through class struggle.
Marx thought the internal tensions within capitalism would lead to its own destruction and that it should be replaced by a system called socialism.
Class antagonism under capitalism, he argued, would lead to the development of class consciousness , leading to the conquest of their political power and the development of a classless, communist society and this should be done by revolutionary action.

The heirs of Marx have nothing to answer for’

It stands to reason with some of the violence associated with Marxism, was it a wise idea for Mr Juncker, as the would-be leader of a united Europe, to go out of his way to mark this occasion, particularly given that many folks living and working locally in Dorset and Somerset from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and other former Communist countries didn’t have romantic memories of it.
Juncker said at the Trier celebration: “Marx isn’t responsible for all the atrocities his alleged heirs have to answer for. One has to understand Karl Marx from the context of his time and not have prejudices based on hindsight, these judgements shouldn’t exist.”

‘Marxism is revolutionary terror’

A little known statement from an article written by Karl Marx in a local German newspaper in 1848 read as follows: “There is only one way in which the murderous death agonies of the old society and the bloody birth throes of the new society can be shortened and concentrated and that way is revolutionary terror.”
Stefan Molyneux of Freedomain Radio made a podcast on the day of Mr Juncker’s visit to Trier but decided to call out the doctrine, not criticize him personally.
He observed: “Revolutionary terror. Political terrorism is how you bring about communism and this is a lesson that has been fully absorbed by many elements of the Left and this is how it generally comes about.
“Communism is dictatorship. Communism is ninety to 100 per cent ownership of the means of production and the government owns three per cent of the means of production and is classless and stateless compared to Communism which is a rigid and a massive state isn’t status system.”

‘What about those who had lives destroyed?’

Molyneux focused on all the people who had their lives impacted and changed forever by Communism through rebellion against it, tyranny or injury.
“There have been 100 million dead. Some people say that it doesn’t exist. It wasn’t real Marxism every single time. If you can just skate over that and boing over that, we’re talking 100 million, we are not even talking the millions of lives that were destroyed.
“We are not even talking about people who were in gulags for 20 years or maimed in wars or tried to revolt against the society. This was just direct deaths. How can you just leap those bodies?
“Well the Turks (Ottomans) did kill a million or two Christian Armenians but but, there is no ‘but there’ ‘however’ or clause that dissociates from that first statement. It wasn’t real Marxism, come on.”

‘Stats show Communism is most lethal ideology’

Tory MEP Daniel Hannan reacted strongly the celebrations to mark this occasion and he took aim at those who sought who to make excuses for the violence carried out in Marx’s name
“In the crude mathematics of murder Communism must be reckoned to be the most lethal ideology ever devised by human intelligence. The trans-Atlantic slave trade killed maybe 10 million people; the Nazis may be murdered 17 million.
“Communism globally killed 100 million people. Some were shot and put into pits, some arrested at night and sent off to gulags. Some starved as state policy in order to enforce collectivisation.

‘Some argue extreme socialism was not so bad’

Mr Hannan says as much as fascism has been scrutinised through history for its crimes, so should Communism, and as stated above, it can be argued killed even more people.
He said: “So how is it that 100 years after the Bolshevik Revolution, you still have people wearing Che Guevara t-shirts, saying the idea of socialism wasn’t so bad, messed up in the implementation, arguing even that they are morally superior.
“The idea that socialism has never been tried is one of the most enduring myths in human discourse. To see what is wrong with it, just try replacing the word ‘socialist’ with ‘fascist’, Imagine somebody saying ‘we shouldn’t judge regimes in the 1930s that called themselves fascist, real text-book fascism has never been tried’, that would of course be a ridiculous position.

‘Communism relied on torture and labour camps’

“We call see that Fascism leads to bloodshed, war and oppression and so has every Communist Regime – Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Cuba – they all rely on torture, firing squads and labour camps. One hundred years on it is time to recognize evil for what it was.”

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