My little theory:
When tested by, say useful disciplines, such as logic and economics, Marxist bullshit is shown up to be unscientific and irrational. Marxism requires sophism, bamboozling and coercion in order to make people go along with it. To be clear, by unscientific and irrational, I mean bat shit, arse up backside, pencils up the nose, hopping around the living room crazy.
I think Marxist propaganda is drilled in far and wide all over Western schools, colleges and universities because the teachers, professors and all those who appoint and manage those teachers and professors are tax funded.
If you earn your living by relying on socialism, you have a vested interest in propagating the idea, regardless of its validity. What civil servant is going to teach children that those children should grow up, leave school and vote him out of a job?
Let’s look at logic. Logical fallacies are mind tricks, illusions that make you believe to be real what is in fact not. Understanding common logical fallacies is like having a filter that protects you from this bad information. At 16 most adults, teachers and people in authority have had more time to soak up information than you do. If you’re in a conversation with your 50 year old teacher and they quote Rousseau, they cite statistics from case studies in the 70s and then ‘prove’ causalities; it’s very hard to do anything but agree if you haven’t the same breadth of knowledge to fall back on.
But understanding fallacy means that while you haven’t got the same depth of knowledge, you can scientifically test for bunk information.
‘I agree, I haven’t read Rousseau yet, but if he is saying that poverty increasing at the same time as people’s preference for salted peanuts proves causation, then it doesn’t matter how many books he wrote, that’s a false cause fallacy’.
I spotted this myself in conversation with my father, a committed Marxist. In the past I had no other option to take everything he told me as fact. I couldn’t dispute what some philosopher had said because I hadn’t yet read him.
But 5 minutes learning about basic logic meant that it didn’t matter how much information he threw at me, if it didn’t pass the test, it was invalid. I couldn’t be brainwashed any more.
If kids were taught logic then they wouldn’t swallow Marxism.
If kids were taught even basic economics, they wouldn’t support a welfare state. In the same way logic works, when you understand how economics works, you can no longer be told that raising the minimum wage will benefit the poor. You sympathise with the poor but you realise the solution isn’t the minimum wage.
So kids, two good places to start (and this is a couple of hours reading that will enrich your life by thousands of pounds over the next 50 years as well as giving you the ability to avoid making bad decisions. I promise you) are the following:
Economics in One Lesson, by Henry Hazlitt. It’s a book Nick told me to read. It sounds boring, economics. Well it’s actually not. This book is surprisingly simple to understand and even more surprisingly fun to read. It can be read in one afternoon and that afternoon will change your life. The first chapter is very short and simple and contains some profound insight. From that point on, you cannot turn away. It’s like reading a Dan Brown.
Look, it takes a bit of time for it all to sink in, you’ll make a few mistakes, but persevere and it will come.
Keep thinking freely.