The Future of Socialism

I haven’t written anything political on this blog for a while, so why not throw a big haymaker out there this morning?

Via Norm, I see some chap called Robert Paul Wolff has written an essay called The Future of Socialism which contains the following sentence:

If socialism is the achievement, at long last, of justice and equality, it is a dream that has been aborted in the womb of the old order.

Erm, no.  Socialism wasn’t some poor, helpless unborn infant cruelly aborted by evil capitalists, it was a fucking huge great alpha male abomination which during the prime of its life ran rampage with a bottle of vodka mixed with amphetamines in one hand and a heavy machine gun in the other.

So how come Mr Wolff hasn’t noticed the scale of death and destruction wrought by this beast?  Here’s how:

The economic systems established in the Soviet Union, in Eastern Europe, in the People’s Republic of China, and in a number of other nations self-described as “socialist,” were not in any usable sense examples of socialism.

Ah, that old chestnut! Of course they weren’t.  Because to admit they were (and let’s point out that they weren’t just “self-described” as socialist, they were also thus described by an awful lot of third parties) would mean that an essay called The Future of Socialism would be about three sentences long.

I liken this mentality to a nutty professor spending his life trying to make a time machine, and each time he produces a device which inevitably doesn’t work he turns to his exasperated assistant and says:

“Ah!  But that wasn’t a time machine we were making, was it?  If it was, we would have been able to travel through time, wouldn’t we?  Now what we’re going to build next will be a real time machine!”

No wonder these clowns never see their political dreams realised. Thankfully.

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One Response to The Future of Socialism

  1. “Socialism wasnt some poor, helpless unborn infant cruelly aborted by evil capitalists, it was a fucking huge great alpha male abomination which during the prime of its life ran rampage with a bottle of vodka mixed with amphetamines in one hand and a heavy machine gun in the other.”

    Abso-screaming-lutely. Just because it contains the word ‘social’, Socialism attempts to pull off that old three-card-trick of appearing to be good for you, me and all the other good people, when in fact it’s just the same old bag of bones that allows unscrupulous and dysfunctional busybodies to subvert and control the lives of others for their own gnarly ends. The Nazis didn’t call themselves ‘The Fascist Holocaust Guys’, they called themselves ‘National Socialists’. No further questions, m’lud.

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