Fouls is an interesting word! As a noun relating to a veterinarian pathology, fouls refer to foot rot. Being the language animals that we are, Karl Marx flipped the Hegelian mindset and metaphysical universe from head-to-toe. Upright and marching to the cadence of a Marxist theology a fouls afoot, beyond the word-play of Being and Nothingness proponents cried anathema. Blackhat banter of the Marcusean variety limits tolerance in the name of "progress".

The track record this ideology left behind is far from exemplary and acknowledged as such by supporters and sympathizers. Sadly, this is the only convergence of agreement in the conversation. Gaddafi[1], Pasha[2], Kim Il Sung[3], Ho Chi Minh[4], Pol Pot[5], Saddam Hussein[6], Yahya Khan[7], Tojo Hideki[8], Vladimir Lenin[9], Hirohito[10], Chiang Kai-Shek[11], Adolf Hitler[12], and Joseph Stalin[^13].

I take this one step further than Hagel, comparing it not to a circle but to a möbius. Running counterpoint to the external before returning to introspection. I think it was Martin Heidegger that said philosophy is like an inward circling process falling in on itself. This circle, as with the möbius, is stable. I prefer the möbius because of the potentiality for outside perspective. Ideas matter! Bad ideas kill people!!
I always search for the counter examples to all claims, even the concept of a claims. Marxism is no exception. Marxism is counterfactual to capitalism. It is was once considered as a path, not the only path. An exception, definitely not the “ruler”.

  1. A 42-year regime that engaged in state-sanctioned terrorism and initiated or provoked war throughout the Middle East and Africa. The people of Libia live within a frightened sense of instability. ↩︎

  2. 1.1 million to 2.5 million killed. Search, "Armenian genocide". ↩︎

  3. 1.6 million killed in North Korea. ↩︎

  4. Some estimate 200,000 to 900,000 killed under the Ho Chi Minh's land reform "policies" of North Vietnam in the 1950's. ↩︎

  5. 1.7 million to 2.4 million killed. Search, "Cambodian genocide". ↩︎

  6. Weapons of Mass Destruction? No. Saddam Hussein. 2 million deaths. Yes. Kurdish genocide. Yes. ↩︎

  7. 2 million to 12 million killed. Search, "Bangladesh genocide". ↩︎

  8. 4 million killed. Search, "Russian Civil War". ↩︎

  9. 6 million killed. Search, "Nanking Massacre". ↩︎

  10. 10 million killed. Search, "228 Massacre". ↩︎

  11. 17 million to 20 million killed. Start by searching, "Death Fugue by Paul Celan" ↩︎

  12. 40 million to 62 million killed. Search, "The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn" ↩︎