The Pathos of Politics (53) Communism


Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it’s just the opposite. ~ Canadian American political economist John Kenneth Galbraith

Though it flew under a Marxist flag, revolutionary communism – in the Soviet Union and China – was a revival of tyrannical absolutism. Communist central planning was state capitalism under a translucent veil. Its brutal ineptness begat a slow historical grind that exhausted the Soviet Union into extinction, and sent the Communist Chinese hurtling toward an exceedingly corrupt form of capitalism.