"The whole problem with the world is that fools and
always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts"
Marx described the apparitions of capitalism, the inequality, the inefficiency, the indirection as conscious, rational actions of the people involved.
He thus characterised the personal possession of physical objects and all that comes with it as Capitalism*.
By characterising the innate nature of humans (and all similar animals) as if it were simply a conscious choice, a lifestyle option, he created a polarised view of society with negative elements of human nature associated with the use of capital.
Marx's genius was in politicising the choice he proposed
we could all make. By injecting his narcotic idea into political thought,
he opened an imaginary door.
Marx's ideas were spread at a time when humans could
not resist their own nature on a large enough scale.
It is an irremovable feature of intelligent creatures to become attached to objects and creatures outside of themselves. Call it attachment, pride, love, same difference. People will always want to own things. Cathexis is the foundation of property.
Marx was not wrong, on all accounts, simply because of a grand misinterpretation of his ideal social state. Marx was not a good prophet, as their ideas are self realising, but instead he was a great social theorist, and from his ideas we can learn a lot. Marx's frustration with problems in his society gave him the gusto to write about it, sadly he on to provide a hasty solution. His original belief that humanity will slowly reorganise into a communist state was more foresightful than his wanton faith in a revolution. However it is also hasty to blame an idealist for the failure of their disciples.
Marx has given us a beacon, a guiding flame to kindle the awareness of what can and should be done. In principle communism exists all over the world, within groups of friends, families and workers, formed naturally and spontaneously. Other writers have proposed similar utopias as Marx's, coming under a plethora of names, including Utilitarianism. With a deeper understanding of sociology the ideals of communism could become reality on a grand scale. Some guides to illuminate the path ahead are already written, and more will come. The tools of pharmacy, genetics and nano-engineering might be the ones we need to bring utopia into focus.
deep shit. now i think i'll