Are Marxists too Negative and Critical?

We have had reason to ask ourselves this question recently. And, in true MTG tradition, after reflecting deeply on the question, we choose to answer by means of a poem. This poem is by the great (and we do mean great) Turkish poet, Nazim Hikmet, entitled, Optimistic Man.

as a child he never plucked the wings off flies
he didn’t tie tin cans to cats’ tails
or lock beetles in matchboxes
or stomp anthills
he grew up
and all those things were done to him
I was at his bedside when he died
he said read me a poem
about the sun and the sea
about nuclear reactors and satellites
about the greatness of humanity

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