By Bryan Caplan
Murray Rothbard – as well as many of the New Left Cold War revisionists who inspired him – heavily ridiculed the view that the Communist movement was “monolithic.” Like other movements, they point out, Communists quarelled, formed factions, ignore chains of command, and had schisms.
I say they’re just attacking a straw man. Of course the Communist movement wasn’t perfectly monolithic. But wasn’t it extremely monolithic nonetheless? My challenge for them – and Econlog readers: Name one major international movement in the 20th-century – or all of human history for that matter – that was more monolithic than Communism between 1925 and 1956.
Please show your work.