TOSAIE: More Popperism
After a long sojourn in sunnier intellectual climes, and most of them are, I returned to Popper and his analysis of the flaws of Marx. It is a subject that has trouble holding my interest, since I have always considered the flaws manifested in the implementation of his ideas manifest. Moreover, I don't think much of the historical prediction stuff that seems to be at its heart.
Still, there is some point, I suppose, in looking at the milieu he studied, and its rather catastrophic consequences. Frankly, I was less inspired by the persecution and execution of Marx than the drive by damage done to classical liberalism. given my abiding distaste for Hayek, Friedman, and their ilk, I found that encouraging.
What is the greater danger to human freedom and welfare? That is the question that animates the dispute between interventionists like Popper and Libertarians like Hayek. For Popper (and Marx, so far as I can tell), it is capitalism and control of government by capital. For Hayek, it is government, period, and any restrictions it may put on capital.
I identify with the critique by Keynes: "Keynes called Hayek's book Prices and Production "one of the most frightful muddles I have ever read", famously adding: "It is an extraordinary example of how, starting with a mistake, a remorseless logician can end in Bedlam". (Wikipedia) Of course the same seems to be true of Marx.