Letters to the Editor

Less benign socialism described by Marx

A recent letter writer says that socialism, as described by novelist John LeCarre, sounds pretty darn good and Utopian.

I suggest he find out the true meanings of socialism. Utopia, as described in Karl Marx's "Communist Manifesto," may shed a different light.

Marx believed in three classes, the ruling class, the working class and the militia to keep the working class subservient. Personal property would not be allowed. Everyone would have identical living quarters. The ruling class would tell each worker what his or her function would be. The family unit was seen as a problem. Marx wrote that if children needed to be separated from their families, so be it. These exact issues about socialism were first addressed in Plato's book "The Republic," written in 360 B.C.

Near the end of Marx's manifesto, he wrote, "Workers of the world unite." He was referring to a unity to overthrow capitalism, although he never addressed economic issues. Even Lenin saw this as a problem.

If the letter writer doesn't see the link between socialism and communism, all he has to do is search the web for Karl Marx and socialism. Better yet, read Mark Levin's new book, "Ameritopia." Then he will have read both sides and can believe what he chooses.

The letter writer also states he may be naive. I don't know. A Zogby poll indicates that a high number of Americans are naive because only one-third can name the three branches of government, much less say what they do.

Vince Taylor