Recently at Quora.com, someone asked the question:
Why is America so opposed to what I merely see as a different system of running things? I used to read Karl Marx as a senior in high school and his ideas don’t seem all that “evil” to me. Am I missing something here. Why all the hate?
I understand that the rules of Quora state that I’m not allowed to answer a question only with a graphic, but this one pretty much says it all:
Karl Marx’s failed attempt at economics and social engineering has been – directly or indirectly – responsible for the deaths of over 100,000,000 human beings – at the hands of their own governments. At the same time, capitalism has been responsible for lifting more people out of poverty than any other system ever attempted – to the point that Communist China (about half of that hundred million dead) has taken to it, albeit with strong restrictions.
If you don’t “understand the hate” I suggest you read up on the history.
Today Bill Whittle has a better answer (naturally) in his latest Firewall:
The Progressive utopia is the Loch Ness Monster of politics: a giant, air-breathing creature that never surfaces for air.
UPDATE: Eric S. Raymond expands on the subject.