Stuff Marxism

“Marx said some very harmful things and some very good things. The good things had nearly all been said before by more ethical people than him, the harmful ones seem to have typically been his own inventions.” Anonymous

“The theory of Class War is as grotesque and false an explanation of the history of society as a history of marriage would be that was built up from the records of Divorce Courts, which carefully took note of all the unhappy marriages and denied the existence of the happy ones because they were not supported by the documentary evidence. There heresies of Marx stand on precisely such a footing. They are false, not because of what they say, but because of what they leave unsaid. Such theories gain credence to-day because capitalism has undermined all the great traditions of the past, and this emptied life of its contents.” Arthur J Penty

“If a man believes that society in the past was based upon class tyranny he will see everything in an inverted perspective, he will be predisposed to support all the forces of social disintegration which masquerade under the name of “progress” because he will view with suspicion all traditions which have survived from the past and have prejudice against all normal forms of social organisation.” Arthur J Penty

“Egalitarian meritocratic society – a very good idea… but anti-religious secular fundamentalism, class war and abolition of private property – a set of very, very bad ideas ideas – and most people who imagine themselves Marxists would really, at the end of the day, agree.” Unknown

“In a time in which Communist regimes have been rightfully discredited and yet alternatives to neoliberal capitalist societies are unwisely dismissed, I defend the fundamental claim of Marxist theory: there must be countervailing forces that defend people’s needs against the brutality of profit driven capitalism.” Cornell West

“Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God.” GK Chesterton

“To wipe humanity’s slate clean and begin again – to abolish the past – has always been the greatest of temptations. Thus did Mephistopheles whisper to Faustus. Thus did republican virtue seduce Robespierre. Thus did dialectic corrupt Lenin and Stalin – and Trotsky, too… For what all the fine phrases came down to in the end were a windowless basement cell and a pair of bloodstained bootcaps. Or a to a hastily dug trench in a silent forest at dawn. Or to a nameless grave in the featureless tundra beyond the perimeter wire of the gulag. As that stubborn old social democrat Karl Kautsky warned Lenin at the very beginning of the Soviet Experiment: ends do not justify means – means become ends… And so, at least for me, it could only ever be the Labour Party. Better by far to accept responsibility for the tawdry misdemeanours of social democracy, than to spend the rest of my life excusing the huge historical crimes of Marxism-Leninism.” Chris Trotter

“Russian Communism is the illegitimate child of Karl Marx and Catherine the Great.” Clement Attlee

The man who is not permitted to own is owned.” George Santayana

“(Marxism will) in a generation or so (go) into the limbo of most heresies, but meanwhile it will have poisoned the Russian Revolution.” GK Chesterton

“A pickpocket is obviously a champion of private enterprise. But it would perhaps be an exaggeration to say that a pickpocket is a champion of private property….The point about Communism is that it only reforms the pickpocket by forbidding pockets.” GK Chesterton

“It’s not that Marx didn’t have some very good ideas, its just that he also had some really bad ideas”  Unknown Commenter

“Progress is Providence without God. That is, it is a theory that everything has always perpetually gone right by accident. It is a sort of atheistic optimism, based on an everlasting coincidence far more miraculous than a miracle.” GK Chesterton

“They refused to listen to Ruskin; they are having to listen to Marx. If Ruskin chastised them with whips, Marx chastises them with scorpions…Ruskin appealed to the compassion of the governing class; Marx realised that they hadn’t got any…” AJ Penty

““An interesting essay might be written on the possession of an atheistic literary style. There is such a thing. The mark of it is that wherever anything is named or described, such words are chosen as suggest that the thing has not got a soul in it. Thus they will not talk of love or passion, which imply a purpose and a desire. They talk of the “relations” of the sexes, as if they were simply related to each other in a certain way, like a chair and a table. Thus they will not talk of the waging of war (which implies a will), but of the outbreak of war – as if it were a sort of boil. Thus they will not talk of masters paying more or less wages, which faintly suggests some moral responsibility in the masters: they will talk of the rise and fall of wages, as if the thing were automatic, like the tides of the sea. Thus they will not call progress an attempt to improve, but a tendency to improve. And thus, above all, they will not call the sympathy between oppressed nations sympathy; they will call it solidarity. For that suggests brick and coke, and clay and mud, and all the things they are fond of.” GK Chesterton

“There is no bigot like the atheist.” GK Chesterton

“Bolshevism was socialism in arms. Socialism stripped of its warmth and its joy, and its boundless, reckless optimism.” Chris Trotter

“A queer and almost mad notion seems to have got into the modern head that, if you mix up everybody and everything more or less anyhow, the mixture may be called unity, and the unity may be called peace. It is supposed that, if you break down all doors and walls so that there is no domesticity, there will then be nothing but friendship. Surely somebody must have noticed by this time that the men living in a hotel quarrel at least as often as the men living in a street.” GK Chesterton

“A strange fanaticism fills our time: the fanatical hatred of morality..” GK Chesterton

“After Napoleon’s 1815 defeat at Waterloo, Europeans had created nation-states in the image and likeness of Napoleon. The new states became the foci of popular affection, even worship. All organized themselves as Napoleon had France, and as Hegel had prescribed, with every house numbered so that bureaucratic government could pass its science to and collect sustenance from each. The states became the purveyors of education and sources of authority. … All partook of Charles Darwin’s ideology that life is an evolutionary struggle in which the fittest survive.” Angelo M. Codevilla

“There cannot be a nation of millionaires, and there never has been a nation of Utopian comrades; but there have been any number of nations of tolerably contented peasants.” GK Chesterton

2 thoughts on “Stuff Marxism

    • Yes I think the real danger from Marxism is the fact that stripped of its economic elements everything else that the Marxists believed is being imposed on us. That said there are a surprising number of of left wing people who admit to taking Marx as a guide. I live not all that many miles from Karl Marx’s grave and there is a constant flow of visitors, about a third are tourists the rest are Marxists on a “pilgrimage” from various places. The problem is that many educated people are in total denial of the fact that the mass murder and tyranny committed by Lenin and others was fully in accordance with the ideology created by Marx.


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