Jon Rappaport explains it as “a protection racket, a long con, and a heartless system of elite control posing as the greatest good – a utopian system of universal equality and sharing. Except in the specifics of its updated lies, it is just another form of top-down tyranny—as old as the hills.
The history of socialism has its origins in the 1789 French Revolution and the changes which it wrought, although it has precedents in earlier movements and ideas. The Communist Manifesto was written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in 1848 just before the Revolutions of 1848 swept Europe, expressing what they termed “scientific socialism”. In the last third of the 19th century, social democratic parties arose in Europe, drawing mainly from Marxism. The Australian Labor Party was the world’s first elected socialist party when the party won the 1899 Queensland state election.