A Patron of Economic Update asks: "I noticed that in the Merriam-Webster dictionary result on Google Search for the word Marxism it listed antonyms as democracy, self-governance, self-government, self-rule. This seems very off and yet it comes from such a reputable source. Marxism is not by any stretch the opposite of democracy unless it’s hijacked and distorted e.g. Stalin, Mao, etc. Why is the number one dictionary on the number one search engine continuing to say Marxism is the opposite of democracy?"
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In addition there is this famous quote;
“Democracy is beautiful in theory; in practice it is a fallacy”.
So, — “Why is the number one dictionary on the number one search engine continuing to say Marxism is the opposite of democracy?”
Because as the professor hinted, we are not a democracy and what you expect from our system or present society cannot be provided honestly, since our system is tainted as badly as previous bad systems of government and their social structures of the past.
You may find earlier perspectives found in encyclopedias printed say – prior to 1940’s extremely interesting