Appalled at the apparent comfort of Marxian analysts to dwell within their own "echo chamber".

In response to this AM's Economic Update (1/28) I write this from a life-long socialist perspective: Shouldn't any dialogue about the relevance and validity of Marxism must begin with (1) a defense of the compatibility between Marxist political thought and democracy and human rights especially the right of individual dissent and freedom of speech, and (2) an honest analysis of why no self-declared Marxist government has arisen to power that did not lapse into a totalitarian state resulting in financial ruin, bloodshed, human rights abuses, political suppression, etc. - and that, in contrast, all the improvements in law, human rights, living standards, technology - in general, all the improvement in the human condition, have come from the free market societies of North America and western Europe.

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  • David Audette
    commented 2018-02-04 01:07:33 -0500
    Edward, Prof. Wolff has answered your second question in some number of videos. I think you will find one of those in his Youtube videos “Socialism for Dummies” Parts 1 and 2. It has to do with the history of the evolution of socialist theory and experience. And it is for that reason that Prof. Wolff recommends creating WSDEs.
  • David Audette
    tagged this with downvote 2018-02-04 01:07:32 -0500
  • Edward Jackson
    published this page in Ask Prof. Wolff 2018-01-28 14:06:57 -0500