These remnants waited patiently for the proletariat to revolt against the capitalists; and finally began to realize that it wasn't going to happen. In fact, the proletariat were (gasp!) becoming full-fledged capitalists themselves and surging into the middle classes with their new-found weath and success. Poverty was slowly but surely being eliminated in the market-based countries; while in the socialist paradises the populations wallowed in it.
Marxism, which was supposed to bring economic prosperity, brought misery instead, and lost the competition with capitalism very badly. This required a hasty revision of the Marxist ethical standad, which originally said that wealth was a good thing and was being taken away from the masses by the evil capitalists. "Stick with us, kiddos," the communist/socialist revolutionaries claimed (see Hugo Chavez for the most recent itiration of this scam), "and you too will become prosperous and happy beyond your wildest imaginings!"
Well, clearly they made a serious miscalculation.
You see, even Karl Marx believed that wealth was a good thing. He was only delusional in thinking that socialism would be able to deliver the goods more efficiently and "fairly" than capitalism. Reality proved him terribly and catastrophically incorrect.
It is said that the only way to make a small fortune as a Marxist is to start with a large one--and this truth has been proven repeated all over the world where Marxist ideas have been applied to national economies.
Thus, Marx's decendents have been faced with a terrible ethical dilemma. Their ideology of choice is complete crap and is unable to deliver any of the material goods it promises--so what to do? Simple! You make one tiny little ethical change, and instead of touting that wealth is good, you convince people that wealth--and everything that is necessary to create it--is bad!
The new ethics of the neo-marxists have taken their beloved Marxist theory several steps further into the realm of delusion; dismissing wealth as anything worthwhile, since they aren't capable of producing it anyway. Meanwhile, the radical environmental wing of the party aggressively asserts that technology is bad and inherently evil because it destroys the earth.
All in all, in their anti-capitalist fervor, they have managed to conclude not only that wealth itself is bad; but producing wealth is bad, and that producers of wealth are bad. This has enormous implications, especially for the poor saps in the proletariat class (everyone but the revolutionary leaders and the damn capitalists).
But not to worry! Those benevolent leaders will tell you the best way to live as they control all that evil technology for you (just like they did in the old Soviet Union, for example; one of the worst polluters and destroyers of the environment in history); and as they control what makes that technology possible--the human mind.
They will heroically manage whatever wealth does come from your mind and work, for the happiness of all!
Hence, one subgroup of the Marxist dead-enders from last century quite naturally felt right at home in the new dogma of radical environmentalism where wealth and technology are clearly bad; and they began to preach that humans were destroying the planet and the only solution to this state of affairs was GOVERNMENT CONTROL AND CENTRAL PLANNING (hint, hint, wink, wink).
The new "bible" of the secualar religion of Marxism is no longer Das Kapital; it isn't even a book (though Carson's Silent Spring still seems to wow the believers), but a movie . Ask yourself how and why Al Gore's environmental obsession has become required classroom viewing. And how our children are being indoctrinated right this moment in the K-12 classrooms into the holy rituals of the environmental histrionics.
In "Freedom, Not Climate, Is At Risk", Vaclav Klaus, the President of the Czech Republic has this to say:
In the past year, Al Gore’s so-called “documentary” film was shown in cinemas worldwide, Britain’s – more or less Tony Blair’s – Stern report was published, the fourth report of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was put together and the Group of Eight summit announced ambitions to do something about the weather. Rational and freedom-loving people have to respond. The dictates of political correctness are strict and only one permitted truth, not for the first time in human history, is imposed on us. Everything else is denounced.
The author Michael Crichton stated it clearly: “the greatest challenge facing mankind is the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda”. I feel the same way, because global warming hysteria has become a prime example of the truth versus propaganda problem. It requires courage to oppose the “established” truth, although a lot of people – including top-class scientists – see the issue of climate change entirely differently. They protest against the arrogance of those who advocate the global warming hypothesis and relate it to human activities.
As someone who lived under communism for most of his life, I feel obliged to say that I see the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity now in ambitious environmentalism, not in communism. This ideology wants to replace the free and spontaneous evolution of mankind by a sort of central (now global) planning.
The environmentalists ask for immediate political action because they do not believe in the long-term positive impact of economic growth and ignore both the technological progress that future generations will undoubtedly enjoy, and the proven fact that the higher the wealth of society, the higher is the quality of the environment. They are Malthusian pessimists.
They may indeed be Malthusian pessimists, but they are also closet socialists and unrepentant communists whose agenda remains the accumulation of power for themselves which will be for the "good" of all--a sort of "Caliphate of the Do-Gooders", in fact. They will take us back to the cave when humans lived in perfect harmony with the natural order and didn't have all this messy technology and economic prosperity to deal with. Their modus operandi and the solution to all problems is in government regulation and control. Like tyrants everywhere, they imagine themselves as the benevolent, dear leaders/Imams who will interpret the will of Gaia and bring the poor, stupid masses to a higher level of consciousness and a better reality in the new, improved socialist utopia!
But call it a utopia; call it a paradise; call it a progressive socialist state; call it a caliphate; call it what you will--it is still just the same old tyranny dressed up in new clothes; and it seeks--as it has always done--to enslave the mind of man and keep him in chains.
I can almost hear the call to prayer emanating from the environmental muezzin:
Praise Gaia! Gaia is Great! Submit yourself to the will of Gaia! There is no god but Gaia!