Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Socialism as Epic Tragedy
By Joshua Muravchik
May 16, 2019
Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels,Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, and Joseph Stalin
The saga of socialism constitutes an epic tragedy. It was the most popular political idea ever invented, arguably the most popular idea of any kind about how life should be lived or society organized. Only the great religions can compare. Within 150 years from the time the term “socialism” was coined, some 60 percent of the world’s people were living under governments calling themselves socialist. Of course, not everyone who lived under such a regime shared its philosophy, but many millions did embrace socialism, join socialist parties, vote for socialist candidates, and even kill and die for socialism.