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Chinese poster with Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin, and Mao. Caption reads, "Long live Marxism-Leninism and Maoism" via Wikipedia

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924) was a Russian politician and Marxist revolutionary who believed that, once communism was fully in place, existing bureaucratic structures would slowly disappear—hence his oft-quoted belief in the “withering away of the state.”

From observable history, however, it seems that communism has never been achieved as Marx envisioned it. And most, if not all, of the countries that have attempted communism arguably have exhibited authoritarianism, corruption and stagnant mediocrity, this often enforced by vulgar militarism.

Today, some writers suggest that Marx was right in saying that Capitalism “carries the seeds of its own destruction” by pointing to things like WikiLeaks as apparent proof of that position.¹

¹ See for instance, “The Destructive Role of WikiLeaks-o-phobia in World Politics” by Hasan A. Yahya: http://www.articlesbase.com/philosophy-articles/the-destructive-role-of-wikileaks-o-phobia-in-world-politics-3823109.html#ixzz180ozByLo

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