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by Benjamin Marks, Capitalism.HK and Economics.org.au editor

Dear Ed,

My name is Mavis, and I’ve been going out with my boyfriend for three weeks now. He’s alright, but when we talk about politics, he says he’s a Marxist and votes for the Labor Party. What should I do?

Thanks,
Mavis Coombes, from Balmain, Sydney, Australia

Thanks Mavis. This must be a difficult time for you. This serious situation may require more than one of the following remedies:

Firstly, if he’s really sympathetic to Marxism, it is not clear why he would vote for the Labor Party rather than the Liberal Party. They both decrease the scope for free-markets and believe in exactly the same (lack of) principles, differing only in degree. And they both support nearly all of the short-term communist aims as outlined in, say, The Communist Manifesto.

Secondly, he cannot possibly be a Marxist. Read the rest of this entry