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News :: reinvents the Cold War's ''Red Menace'' scare (english)
25 Jul 2003
Modified: 05:26:09 PM
Still plaguing us everywhere is Marxism's evil cousin, "Social Democracy"
Commies and neocons, reunited at last
Justin Raimondo,, July 25, 2003

...The predicament we now find ourselves in was aptly summed up by Murray N. Rothbard, the late libertarian theorist, in his 1992 speech to the John Randolph Club:

"When I was growing up, I found that the main argument against laissez-faire, and for socialism, was that socialism and communism were inevitable: "You can't turn back the clock!" they chanted, ‘you can't turn back the clock.’ But the clock of the once-mighty Soviet Union, the clock of Marxism-Leninism, a creed that once mastered half the world, is not only turned back, but lies dead and broken forever. But we must not rest content with this victory. For though Marxism-Bolshevism is gone forever, there still remains, plaguing us everywhere, its evil cousin: call it ‘soft Marxism,’ ‘Marxism-Humanism,’ ‘Marxism-Bernsteinism,’ ‘Marxism-Trotskyism,’ ‘Marxism-Freudianism,’ well, let's just call it ‘Menshevism,’ or ‘social democracy.’

"Social democracy is still here in all its variants, defining our entire respectable political spectrum, from advanced victimology and feminism on the left over to neoconservatism on the right. We are now trapped, in America, inside a Menshevik fantasy, with the narrow bounds of respectable debate set for us by various brands of Marxists. It is now our task, the task of the resurgent right, of the paleo movement, to break those bonds, to finish the job, to finish off Marxism forever."

– Justin Raimondo
Justin Raimondo is the editorial director of and author of Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement Also, he is an Adjunct Scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Libertarian Studies
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The menace of Marxism (english)
25 Jul 2003
I don't find much in that article that couldn't be found in some newsletter put out by the John Birch Society. It is all there - anti-left paranoia, frankly reactionary ideology, red-baiting, writing off any kind of socialism as just a softer variety of Stalinism, and half-baked "theory" that calls on us to enlist in some crusade to return to 19th century laissez-faire capitalism and call it paradise. Well, forget it.