I have recently been involved in an interesting discussion Elsewhere on the subject of Cultural Marxism and the Frankfurt School. Simplistically, Political Marxism morphed into Cultural Marxism from there to Political Correctness and Multiculturalism. Thus Marxism is responsible for all the ills of the Western World today.
But that is just the background. I have made mention on this site that I studied history, and I was intrigued by the views of Marxist Historians. Very simply, it was a way of looking at historical events which gave more importance to underlying socio-economic factors.
I must confess, I know little about Marxism and have not read anything written by Karl Marx, which I would have thought, in the course of this discussion become painfully obvious.
When asked about what it is about Marxism that I disagree with, I responded thus:
” My understanding of theoretical political Marxism is that it evolved as revolutionary theory to overthrow Capitalism. The end result is Communism, the practical applications of which mostly end up in totalitarian one-party regimes, which control the means of production, and practically everything else in life”
I really will try to answer your question, although, as I keep telling you, I know little about Marxism.
I repeat I don’t like anything about Marxism as a political theory.
I don’t like the practical application.
I don’t like revolutions
I don’t like totalitarian one party regimes.
I don’t like the Marxist concept of the abolition of private property.
I don’t like state control of the means of production, or control of thought, deed or restrictions on individual freedom.
In conclusion having exhausted my knowledge of what I understand to be Marxist aims, I think it is a completely flawed theory, and the notion of some sort of workers paradise and a classless society is hopelessly utopian and unachievable.
In short, what’s to like about Marxism? I thought this was pretty clear actually but no, it was judged to be obfuscation, and elicited this response:
“How you can agree with a Marxist historians viewpoint and refer to an economic and class interpretation of history, advising me to read up using these methods which is a Marxist view of the English Civil War then appear volte-face saying that you know very little about Marxism and do not agree with it while all the time expounding its method for historical analysis is nothing less than astounding. Mind you, did you not think that Atheist materialism in the 1930’s Soviet Union was about shopping?”
Is it possible that whilst I thought I was engaged in a study of history, I was unwitting absorbing political Marxism? Do you believe that it inconceivable to study history from a Marxist viewpoint and agree with the analysis, and not be a Marxist.