The Marxist theory describes a number of alleged contradictions in a capitalist society, but the solutions that Marxists offer -- the class struggle, bloody revolutions, and dictatorship of the proletariat -- contain their own contradictions. Exploitation is the cornerstone of the Marxist theory. Labor theory of value correctly states that labor is the source of wealth, but the conclusion is that owners of capital are not entitled to any share of wealth created by labor. In practical terms, it means that if you own a chicken farm, then your workers create 100% of wealth and value; you create nothing. It does not matter that you bought the land, built the chicken farm, and created jobs for your workers. Now your workers are being exploited by you, the worthless owner of the chicken farm. Exploitation means that you pay your workers less than they deserve. And how much do they deserve? They deserve to be paid so much that your profit equals to zero. It means that selling price equals to the cost of production. Any profit is a "surplus value" and the evidence of exploitation. Marxists are agitating to create a better world, where there is no profit, no surplus value, and no exploitation, but how exactly the promised better world will be better than the present capitalist system? The history of Russian Revolution offers a good understanding of how Marxist brainwash the population with promise of a better future, then make them fight for the better future, and then, when given total control of the government, create institutions of such inhumane terror that any shortcomings of the capitalist system look absolutely insignificant. In 1917 Russian Marxists promised to confiscate land from owners of big estates and to redistribute that land to poor peasants. At that time close to 90% of Russia's population were poor peasants. 90% of Russians military were also poor peasants. Agitated by Marxists, soldiers and sailors of military bases around Petersburg, which was the capital of Russia at the time, stormed, guns blazing, and took control of all most important buildings housing the government institutions of Imperial Russia. Almost overnight, the mighty Russian Empire has collapsed and disintegrated. And how the peasants were rewarded? They were given land, but were obligated to sell agricultural products to the government at 20% of fair market price. The government exported wheat and some other agricultural products, and use the profit to pay for import of the industrial machinery from the West. That is how industrialization in the Soviet Union was financed. It was financed by robbing the peasants silly. Now let's try to answer a very interesting question. Was it morally right to finance industrialization of the Soviet Union by robbing the peasantry? Was it a case of exploitation when producers were paid less than they deserve? Socialists will tell you that there was no exploitation because all the profits went to the government which used the money to accumulate productive capital, and accumulation of productive capital makes the whole economy more productive, which means higher standard of living. As we see, Marxist socialism does not eliminate profit, exploitation, and accumulation of capital; it just makes profit, exploitation and accumulation of capital morally acceptable because the government does it, and not the private individuals.
Socialism does not eliminate inequality, either economic or social. In the Soviet Union the top level of the Communist Party occupied all the important positions in the government institutions. There was a name for this elite -- Nomenklatura. Marxists and Democratic socialists are always complaining about economic and social inequality in capitalist countries. Well, in any of the Marxist - socialist countries the elite of the ruling party enjoyed economic and social benefits that are in many cases even greater than the benefits capitalists enjoy. Then why are all those Democratic socialists lamenting about inequality? Because the socialists lost all the standard talking points after disintegration of the Soviet Empire. Now everyone knows that government ownership of means of production does not make the economy more productive. On the contrary, the point can be made that in capitalist economy profits ( extraction of surplus value) finance accumulation of capital which makes the economy more productive, and which means higher standard of living for the whole society. Democratic socialists have only one avenue left to destroy the capitalist system -- to agitate about inequality, which has been rediscovered as the most important issue of the modern world. Millions of college students in the United States are being brainwashed about growing economic inequality. Hundreds of thousands of students get worthless degree in subjects like sociology. They have no clue about economics. They have no clue how to reduce poverty by building more housing and producing more goods and services. These "highly educated" people learn only about growing inequality in the U.S. And about the only solution to this problem -- redistribution of the wealth and income. To pull off a socialist revolution, Marxists need a certain number of revolutionaries. During the Russian Revolution it was only 1% of 1% of the total population of Russia who stormed buildings and handed the power to the Communists. In the United States, Marxists cannot easily brainwashed our military to believe that a Communist dictatorship will be able to establish a heaven on this Earth. We all see how workers' paradise works in Cuba, and North Korea, and Venezuela. American Marxists have a different strategy to seize the power. No, they are not communists like those barbarians in poor countries populated by the backward people. They are just Democratic socialists who want just to reduce inequality. Marxists never proclaim the end goals of the real strategy. No, they are not trying to establish a dictatorship; they are for democracy and a better future. In Russia, and China, and Cuba, and everywhere, those Democratic socialists always promised just to redistribute wealth from the rich to the poor and to give power to the people in a more rational and democratic society. And every time, without a single exception, the promised better future has degenerated into the terror of the French Revolution, Gulag and Nomenklatura of the Russian Revolution, and pain and suffering of ordinary people under variety of despots. Socialist revolutions always deteriorate and degenerate. The leaders, always under grand illusions and delusions from the start, slowly becoming disillusioned. They start fighting over tactics, over strategy, over power, and over everything. Then they start settling their differences. The favorite method of the French Revolution was a guillotine. Stalin preferred admissions of counter-revolutionary activities by his rivals after a fair amount of torture, and a single bullet in the back of the head in the dark basement of the Lubyanka jail. It is not that the revolutions begin to eat their children. Rather, the leaders of the revolution begin devouring their child -- the revolution. This is an ugly underbelly of the beast. The permanent revolution requires the permanent struggle against enemy forces and constant elimination of political rivals. Democratic socialists would not admit that their revolution would follow the same path is any other socialist revolution. That is why they hide their socialist wolf under the skin of a promised people's democracy. They insist that all they want is equal access to education, healthcare, and housing; higher wages and a bigger piece of the economic pie for the workers; and equal rights for various oppressed groups. This kind of program has always been a standard recipe in a cookbook of any Marxist - socialist movement. This recipe is the surface agenda. The real agenda of the Democratic socialists is to eliminate capitalism and establish a Marxist-- socialist system in the end. But the first priority of the democratic socialists is to seize the power. That is why they are promising to take from the rich and to give it to the poor. In a society where the majority of voters are not very rich, but are very envious, this recipe is the recipe for success. Not enough of the poor people to vote democratically for redistribution of wealth? Let's accept millions of poor refugees from all over the world. There are hundreds of millions of women and children who are eligible to seek political asylum in the United States. The strategy of Democratic socialists is to import as much poverty as possible into the US. Sooner or later, the poor will vote, very democratically, to do the redistribution. The United States is just one step away from the socialist revolution. We are losing this country. Just take a good look at Sanders supporters who constitute about one half of the Democratic Party. Miseducated in public schools and brainwashed on college campuses by Marxist sociologists, they are demanding economic equality. These "highly educated" people don't even understand what economic equality means and whether it can be achieved. Do they want the burger flippers and sociology professors, most of them communists, to be paid equal wages? We can do it very quickly given that burger flippers are not paid too much. Sanders supporters are complaining about 1% of 1%, and are demanding redistribution. But what is the purpose of redistribution? To improve the living standard of the poor? To give more money for rent? Then landlords will simply increase rent payments, and only the landlords will benefit from redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor. The only way to reduce poverty is to build much more housing and to keep prices of housing affordable. People do not understand that construction of housing should be financed with loans generated in the financial system, and not with money confiscated from the rich. The problem is that a lot of uninformed people vote, and they can vote us into a downward spiral of revolution, civil war, confiscation of wealth, and then more revolution down the vicious spiral of destruction of American civilization.