(USA Features) Fox News host and daily conservative talk radio talker Mark Levin discussed the contents of his new book “American Marxism” on Saturday, in part explaining why the leftist political and economic ideology appeals to many people.
The former president of the Virginia-based Landmark Legal Foundation and Reagan Justice Department official said that Marxism endures as a political and societal philosophy mostly on the far left more than a century after its namesake, Karl Marx, died because it’s popular among people who tend to blame others for their troubles.
“I’ve thought about this and I discussed it a little bit in the book. There have been so many books written about Karl Marx,” he told Fox News host Pete Hegseth. “I think there’s a couple of reasons for this.”
One group Marxism appeals to is “people who do not take responsibility for their own lives,” he said.
“So they can blame society. They can be viewed by themselves as victims, as oppressed,” Levin added.
“[For them,] there’s really no personal responsibility or personal accountability. They have no real connection to society,” he continued.
And because those people don’t feel like they need to contribute to society overall, a political ideology that relies largely on taking from those who produce while giving it to others appeals to them, said Levin.
“And so, people who are successful need to be dragged down. People who are happy need to be sad. People who are productive need to be less productive,” he said, describing the collective result “sheer destruction.”
Cultural Marxism, meanwhile, can be used by Democrats on the left to tear down public statues and attempt to erase historical figures from public education curricula.
“It’s all anti-humanism. The world begins today,” he said of the attempt to memory hole U.S. history.
The second group of people who believe in American Marxism is the “fanatics” and those who seek power, which in turn means they must take away individual freedoms and liberties in order to objectively control people, said Levin.
“These are diabolical people. And many of them are tenured professors other than our mouthpieces on television and radio,” he said.
“Some of them are elected from the state of Vermont,” he added in a thinly veiled reference to Sen. Bernard Sanders, an Independent who caucuses with Democrats and who is known for his socialist political bent.
Levin went on to say that Marxism backers, especially younger Americans on college campuses, say that “real” or “authentic” Marxism and socialism has never been tried, in spite of high-profile historical examples including the failures of the Soviet economic model.
“Despite all the examples of how horrendous and inhumane Marxism and its offshoots have been – 100 million dead and God knows how many billions enslaved – you know, ‘It just wasn’t done the right way,'” Levin said.