June 01, 2013

Christopher Hitchens - Why Socialism Doesn't Work


In interview here, Christopher Hitchens said (22m):
"You can’t lie to the young. You must not bullshit the young. It’s an absolute principle. These people were asking me questions, 'Seriously what should I do with my life? Should I commit to socialism or not?' I reviewed it. Is there now an international working class movement linked at the point of production, internationalist that could replace capitalism as was once thought possible. No. There isn't. Is it in long term decline that idea? Yes. Is it coming back? I don't think so. Is there an ideology at least, without anchorage in a material class movement, that could at least say it was a critique of capitalism that could transcend it? Not known to me, no. And one's I've seen on offer, not very persuasive. At that point it seemed meaningless to go on calling myself a socialist."
In full here.
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