Marxism In A Minute

I came across this bit on Marxism while reading the comments to a WSJ opinion piece. It was used to describe one of the regular leftist trolls who has nothing good to say about anyone...except Comrade Obama. He hates capitalism, loves socialism (despite numerous examples of why socialism doesn't work), thinks everyone should be paid the same no matter what they do for a living, and believes wealth is a zero sum game and that all wealth should be confiscated by the state.

When I first started reading the troll's posts I thought it was just sarcasm. But as time went on I realized he was serious.

'Marxism in One Minute'

By Henry Hazlitt

The whole gospel of Karl Marx can be summed up in a single sentence: Hate the man who is better off than you are. Never under any circumstances admit that his success may be due to his own efforts, to the productive contribution he has made to the whole community. Always attribute his success to the exploitation, the cheating, the more or less open robbery of others.

Never under any circumstances admit that your own failure may be owing to your own weaknesses, or that the failure of anyone else may be due to his own defects — his laziness, incompetence, improvidence, or stupidity. Never believe in the honesty or disinterestedness of anyone who disagrees with you.

This basic hatred is the heart of Marxism. This is its animating force. You can throw away the dialectical materialism, the Hegelian framework, the technical jargon, the ‘scientific’ analysis, and millions of pretentious words, and you still have the core: the implacable hatred and envy that are the raison d’ĂȘtre for all the rest.

We pretty much know that liberalism as it exists today is an ideology of envy and greed, with a view of economics that comes right out of Alice In Wonderland. Everyone worth exploiting becomes a 'victim' of the 'oppressors', 'oppressors' defined as anyone disagreeing with them and more successful than they are. They have also co-opted the term 'racist', used when someone disagrees with their push for racial justice, though that 'justice' is just a hidden form of racism because the don't believe their favorite minorities are capable of doing anything without their help. (Basically they believe minorities are inferior to them, which is why they are willing to impoverish the rest of us in an effort to assuage their subconscious guilt. But the 'oppressed' minorities are more than capable, but only if they are allowed to be by their liberal 'betters'.)

In other words, they pull most of their plays right out of the Marxist handbook even though they may not realize it.