Today in civics course, we were going through the electoral process in my country and mentioned the different political parties. Regarding the Communists she said:
“Marxism/Communism in theory is not reprehensible, but in practice it doesn’t work.”
When people talk about marxist theory, they often think of a utopian world where everyone is equal and gets along. “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need” This sounds so paradise-like, it’s wishful thinking. I don’t think it should be considered a theory.
But Marx supports violence against the capitalists in order to form a proletarian dictatorship. He favors the forceful nationalization of capital and industry. In the communist society he envisions, there’s no private property and economic inequality. Isn’t this the actual theory, people should refer to if they want to talk about the theory?
Here I can find lots of reprehensible ideas!
What do you think? Is marxist theory “nice” or good? And can a theory be good if it doesn’t work in practice?