Marxism? Progressive? Social justice?

Got a teacher, student, lecturer, friend, family member who still praises Marxism in any of its deadly forms?

Send them Jordan Peterson’s preface to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago:

Why is it still acceptable to regard the Marxist doctrine as essentially accurate in its diagnosis of the ­hypothetical evils of the free-­market, democratic West; to still consider that doctrine “progressive” and fit for the compassionate and proper thinking person? Twenty-five million dead through internal repression in the Soviet Union (according to The Black Book of Communism). Sixty million dead in Mao’s China (and an all-too-likely return to autocratic oppression in that country in the near future). The horrors of Cambodia’s killing fields, with their two million corpses. The barely animate body politic of Cuba, where people struggle even now to feed themselves. Venezuela, where it has now been made illegal to attribute a child’s death in hospital to starvation. No political ­experi­ment has ever been tried so widely, with so many disparate people, in so many different countries (with such different histories) and failed so absolutely and so catastrophically.

Read it all.

And then read Solzhenitsyn’s absolutely brilliant book, which explains exactly why Marxism fails and exactly how the horror of the Soviet Union unfolded. All told by someone who saw it up close – and paid a terrible price.

Herald Sun of Australia

 

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