How’s that for a provocative title? We live in a 140 character world so have at it.
I just finished an Ideas podcast where the speaker argued that the fear of communism led to the green revolution in agriculture as the wealthy class didn’t want the hungry to rise up against them.
A couple of years ago I read a biography of FDR where he supposedly said to the wealthy class about his social reforms “I am the only thing standing between you and the angry masses”.
This thread – the threat of communism led the west to develop the modern, welfare state version of capitalism – is one that I read and hear repeatedly when discussing late 19th century and 20th century history.
If this theory is correct, what do we do in a world where the Reds aren’t a threat anymore?
Maybe a little Rosa Luxemburg isn’t such a bad thing after all.