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1. I read Marx, Engels, Lenin, Trotsky, et al.
Sat Sep 7, 2013, 10:03 AM
Sep 2013

the summer before I left for West Germany as an exchange student.

I still believe that many of the ideas and critiques were sound and even reasonable. The political Communism that arose from the economic philosophy was just as imperialistic, destructive, and totalitarian as what was predicted Capitalism would produce.

I eventually grew up psychologically and realized that it was not the form of economic philosophy that was the root problem. It is the human psychological condition that is the root cause. Men and women will be destructive, brutal, selfish, and act in 'evil' ways, AND men and women can be constructive, tender, empathic, and act in some of the most selflessly 'good' ways you can imagine. There are no utopias. There are no 'perfect' forms of governance. Religion is not the answer nor is the lack of religion the solution either. It comes down to individual choices & actions done with either no awareness and reactive to the world as it is and a childhood that once was or with awareness and proactive to the world and others having resolved the childhood that once was and will never be again.

Thus will it every be.

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