Marxism

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Marxism

The economic and social philosophy espousing free access to goods and services, the lack of distinction between classes, the lack of state or government, and common ownership (not state ownership) of the means of production. Marxism asserts that the proletariat (those with no access to capital but who provide most of the labor) will inevitably overthrow the capitalist class and that the state, after a brief period in which it controls the means of production, will fade away to create an ideal society. Marxism is a type of communism. It is named for 19th-century economic philosopher Karl Marx.
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The collapse of the so-called socialist countries made clear the limits of bureaucratic and authoritarian socialism, of undemocratic socialism.
Western conservative forces acclaimed the collapse of authoritarian socialism as the triumph of capitalism, by pointing out that what had really triumphed in Eastern Europe were the ideas of liberal democracy and the market.
They have, says Paz, forgotten the great political lesson of the 20th century: The only way to achieve a more just, more liberal society is to further democracy, not authoritarian socialism.