Kristian Niemietz writes for Reaction
Virtually all socialist experiments have gone through honeymoon periods, during which they were enthusiastically endorsed by plenty of prominent Western intellectuals. It is only when the failure of those experiments can no longer be denied, and when they have become an embarrassment for the socialist cause, that socialists start looking for reasons to disown them.
Those systems then get reclassified as “not real socialism” – but this always happens with retroactive effect. They have not ceased to be socialist. Miraculously, they were never socialist in the first place.
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