Marx envisioned the “withering away” of the state under mature communism. Instead, Eberstadt writes, the world may be witnessing the withering away of Russia, where Marxism was supposed to be the future that works. Russia, he writes, “has pioneered a unique new profile of mass debilitation and foreshortened life previously unknown in all of human history.”
This is an amazing article by George Will. It describes Russia in a rapid downward spiral in its population and productivityas the result of Marxism. The article starts off as a criticism of President Obama’s arms control approach to Russia but it’s far more interesting as a view of that country that as a pre-teen in the 1950’s I learned to fear as the state devil incarnate.