Professor C. Bradley Thompson, Clemson University
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"Why Marxism?" An Evening at FEE with C. Bradley Thompson - YouTube
"Why Marxism? Evil Laid Bare" by C. Bradley Thompson
The best scholarship now tells us that between 1917 and 1989 approximately 100 million people were murdered by various Marxist regimes, and millions more were tortured, starved, exiled, enslaved, and sent to concentration camps. Collectivization, one-party rule, man-made famine, secret police, arrests, propaganda, censorship, ethnic cleansing, purges, show trials, reeducation camps, gulags, firing squads, and killing fields
We should not be deceived, however, by the academic repackaging of Marxism. This “new” Marxism is little more than a wolf in a don’s robe. Today’s academic Marxists still carry the old message that individualism is bad and collectivism is good; they still believe that Marxism—despite everything we know about it—is a noble ideal worth fighting for. Marxist intellectuals and their surrogates still work very hard to exonerate Marxism from any responsibility for the tyranny and genocide associated with communism in practice. They assure us ad nauseam that the real problem is not with Marxist theory but with “unforeseen historical circumstances” and with the mistakes of well-meaning but misguided revolutionaries. Marxist tyrants such as Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot were aberrations, we are told, deviationists from “true” Marxism. Stalinism, Maoism, or Pol Potism may be responsible for millions dead, but never Marxism. Real socialism, we are told repeatedly, has not yet been tried.
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