After the collapse of the USSR, the greatest
communist empire, the validity of communism has pretty much been
refuted completely. Looking back the gold age of communist ideology
when the system of communist countries was really strong, it naturally
arises the question about the reasons of USSR' s tumble, which
also marked the period of a comprehensive inferiority of communist
system to the capitalist system.
But the interesting question is the hidden. It is the question of the
reasonableness and practicability of Marxism.
The answer is quite clear , at least through empirical judgement, that
Marxism is an erroneous and impracticable ideology. For most cases,
judgements based on evidence are fair and correct. However, that
approach does not work well when applied to an ideology.The fact is
that there are still some countries pursue, perversely in some sene,
this idea of a totally equalitarian society, and with the recent
emergence of China as a powerful empire, the question seems need being
analysed more deeply.Therefore, again naturally, rising the question of
what is the "real" Marxism - so as for us to judge it impartially - or
in a more precise way, what is the orthodox Marxism ?
We, as human beings, are certainly attracted to the idea of equality.
There are some "ingrained " part in us hoping for the existence of
such a " Marxist society ". But we are pragmatic and we really
want to know such a society is utopian or not ?
Is Marxism really scientific as it claimed to be ? Which made that
ideology not work, at least up to now ? And, for more present-related
matters, why is communism globaly refuted and in some regions greatly
resented and abhorred ? The answer to these above questions aren't all
in the " What is the orthodox Marxism? " of writer John
Molyneux, but it does provide you with the knowledge of orthodox
Marxism together with a full and in-depth analysis of Marxism which can
help you answer these above questions satisfactorily in your own way
and in turn shape, or reshape, your images about Marxism.
You will come
across the most well-knownfigures like Marx- "the father", Engel -"
the great companion" and his "true sons", most reputable are Lenin and
Trotsky. Another very important part of this small-size-but-great-content book is the chapters dedicated to "sieve
out" the self-claimed marxisms. They should be instead called, with
respect to time, Kautskyism, Stalinism and Thrid World nationalism, to
be faithful to their natures. We, after reading this book, may invent
new vocabularies to name the above ideas like "diverted
marxisms"-neutrally, "astrayism"- critically or more funnily
"handicapism". And for my own case, this book really laid a firm
foundation about Marxism and give answers to my previous confusions and
suspicions. For the last word, it is a book that you should not miss !