By Colton Pickard
As socialism continues to rise in America, so does Marxism. It’s strange to see these radical beliefs on the rise as many young self-proclaimed socialists and Marxists don’t even know what socialism or Marxism is, or the negative impact it could have on America; they just hear “free” and hop on the bandwagon. Since that’s the case, I felt it was necessary to take a look at the history of Marxism and what it truly means to support Marxism.
So, what is Marxism? Simply put, Karl Marx, the founder of Marxism, believed there should be no private property, no private businesses, and no free market. He believed that the government should control everything. Marxism has been tried multiple times, and it’s resulted in the death of millions. It has led to the death of an estimated 100 million people in the last century. 1 Somehow, those on the far left overlook this number and claim it wasn’t “real socialism.”
Marx held a lot of titles in his day from philosopher to journalist to socialist revolutionary. The latter is what he is most known for. He co-authored The Communist Manifesto with Friedrich Engels, which outlines their beliefs. Marx and Engels are responsible for the most oppressive and dangerous communist regimes in world history, and the death of millions. 2
Marx played on people’s emotions and feelings which is similar to the far left’s strategy used in today’s politics. “Equality for All” is their calling card; it was also a calling card for Marx and Engels as they pushed to end the class struggle. 3 Perfect equality for everyone sounds great in theory, but as we’ve seen with Fidel Castro, Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, Joseph Stalin, and Mao Zedong, the only equality that comes from Marxism is equality of breadlines, poverty, and death. 4
Marxism is quickly becoming a popular ideology among leftists in America. Amid racial tensions, leftists are using the strife to push their Marxist ideas. Some even tried to put it into action with the already failing Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone in Seattle. CHAZ was established on June 8, 2020, and days later they were asking outsiders to send them food and bring them supplies. It doesn’t look like that socialist utopia worked out very well when they immediately relied on capitalism in America to have basic necessities.
Leftists have also been using Marxism as a way to fight racism, which is a terrible idea when Karl Marx, the founder of Marxism, was an extreme racist. 5 But, of course, leave it to the left to fight racism with more racism. It also seems hypocritical that the left wants to get rid of the police while also implementing Marxism which would give more power to the government and the police. American socialists have also claimed that capitalism is to blame for police brutality, 6 yet they point to the police state as a socialist creation. 7
Karl Marx is not someone anyone should look up, and his ideologies have resulted in millions of deaths. Marxism has never been successful, and never will be. His beliefs have led to nothing other than totalitarian governments and oppression, and that’s nothing anyone should advocate for.
Colton Pickard is a Journalism major with a focus in sports and politics at Middle Tennessee State University. Colton is involved with multiple political organizations on campus and is fighting for freedom and educating his peers on the real dangers of socialism.