The Present Economic Revolution in the United States

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CHAPTER TWO AN AMERICAN IDEAL

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A YEAR or so ago a popular bishop was quoted as saying that Russia was the only country in the world that was pursuing an ideal. That would be startling, if true, but it must be classed among those statements that are designed to attract attention rather than to convey accurate information. The Bolsheviki are followers of Karl Marx and their experiment was based upon his teachings. If there is anything that Marx and his followers are unanimous in repudiating, it is idealism of every kind. They make a sharp distinction between what they call Utopian and scientific socialism. That distinction is simply that Utopian socialism is idealistic, and Marxian or scientific socialism is materialistic and strictly self-interested. Marx and his followers have taught the proletarians to shun all ideals as devices of the ruling classes to hold the masses in subjection, and to look after themselves alone.

One of their leading doctrines is the materialistic interpretation of history which, under Marx's perversion, allows for no idealism of any kind. This doctrine in its more scientific form did not originate with

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