Friday, November 25, 2016

Socialism: Even Worse in Theory Than in Practice

Even those who harbor no illusions about communism and socialism often make the mistake of dignifying those doctrines by calling them "beautiful theories" or "beautiful utopias". This is a rather embarrassing mistake, especially coming from those who possess the relevant theoretical knowledge. After all, such knowledge clearly implies that communism and socialism are not utopias, but dystopias, and exceptionally repulsive dystopias at that, not only rife with logical contradictions, but also directly aimed at abolishing all that is most quintessentially human - individuality, personal uniqueness, and private autonomy.

In other words, socialism and communism as they appear in the visions of their theorists are even more grotesque than socialism and communism as they appear on the pages of history - "ideal" socialism and communism can always outmatch their real, historically implemented counterparts in terms of their intellectually insulting absurdity. To forget about it is not only to reinforce the false dichotomy of theory and practice, but also to revive the reputation of ideas that least deserve it.

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