People in the west have mysteriously forgotten, or perhaps never learned, that some of their historical leaders once openly admired dictatorial regimes, such as Mussolini’s fascist state and Lenin’s bolshevism. Both born out of Marxist ideology, and both contributed to tyranny, destruction, and the death of millions of innocent citizens. The central tenets of the movements must have seemed reasonable on paper however, they (and Marx) obviously failed to grasp the forced-domination aspect of the formula. Unfortunately, the human element, that visceral mode of people being free autonomous individuals, failed to be considered. Humans are not a homogeneous collective body. Modes-of-being are individual evolutionary states, not abstract dogmatic forces to be burned on counterfeit altars of ‘a new way’, by an elitist few.
Tyrants notoriously manipulate the masses, and throughout history have conjured up external fears in order to intimidate populations to support centralized mandates. In some cases, such as the anarcho-syndicalism movement, culture is intentionally destroyed from within. But acutely tearing down cultural structure has always been a fools game because in the simplest sense, not everything is expendable. Shared traditions, memories, politics, and personal stories unfolding gradually over millennia, and accepted into the social fabric, function not only as scaffolding for the harmony of stasis, but also for natural change. They are integral parts of society as a whole.
Discarding all that to abruptly descend into abject idolatry around collectivist ideas has proven time and again to be treacherous folly. But yet, every few generations, Marxism gathers fresh new recruits and rears its ugly head, trying to disguise itself as something new.