Other than ambitious individuals who aim to seize power for themselves, supporters of such a system tend to populate countries that have never experienced its depredations.
Caracas, November 1 – A movement of activists calling for overthrow of the prevailing capitalist and democratic economic and political system intends to establish a system in its place in the name of and on behalf of the people, in the process of which and afterwards it will suppress dissent, brutalize opponents, and otherwise treat the people on whose behalf it governs as undeserving of consideration.
The movement, which has made dozens of attempts at implementing its economic and governmental model over the last century, has had several notable successes in establishing regimes in the name of the people, regimes that imprison, torture, and murder those suspected of dissent, often with no legal process and with no indication that the people in whose name the regime was established actually matter to those in power.
Experts explain that while an observer might question how the people in such countries continue to choose political models that promise to abolish the class system but always end up under the tyrannical boot of a different ruling class, in fact the people seldom, if ever, do the choosing. “‘Popular revolution’ is as much of a misnomer as ‘people’s republic,'” remarked Charles Marks, a professor of political theory at Brooklyn College. “The leaders of the movement – which calls itself Communist or Socialist, depending on the context – are the ones who make all the real decisions. They of course will promise the masses everything in exchange for material support or military recruitment, but never relinquish actual power, and continue to control who gets how much of what, despite bombastic guarantees to step down as soon as the revolution is complete. No such revolution has ever seemed to reach completion, mysteriously.”
Other than ambitious individuals who aim to seize power for themselves, supporters of such a system tend to populate countries that have never experienced its depredations, he noted. “I’m always amused how idealistic college students assume the best about a system that has consistently failed to deliver on its egalitarian promises, often with disastrous results,” he continued. “What’s the body count now? A hundred million or so? That’s a million prematurely dead people for each year the movement has had sway anywhere. Yet the delusional proponents of these systems appear to believe – and I refer you here to the definition of insanity as attributed to Albert Einstein – that this time, it’ll be different, we promise.”
“Talk about an opiate of the masses,” he concluded.
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