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The Misnomer of Marxism

By Paul Gottfried, Chronicles

American institutions have been allegedly occupied by Marxists who are waging a war against the “American Revolution,” according to conservative commentator Mark Levin. Demonstrating how this alleged occupation occurred is at the core of Levin’s American Marxism, a work driven to the top of the bestseller list by conservative book clubs and Fox News.
Not surprisingly, given his role as a TV controversialist, Levin exhibits little real knowledge of Marxism as a system of thought or body of knowledge, listing it as one of two main influences on our regime. The other influence—the American Revolution—was about “all men being created equal” and about a constitutional system that was fine up until the moment that Levin thinks it became derailed, probably after Ronald Reagan’s presidency (in which we learn the author worked).

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