In 2008, Reuters reports, a survey of east Germans found 52% believed the free-market economy was "unsuitable" and 43% said they wanted socialism back.The Guardian has a large article on the revival of Marxism. Socialism offers equality, job security, free medicine and education, and a larger, trascendent, social narrative. With computers, even Quinquenal Plans make sense. The fact that Cuba, with all its poverty, is Socialist after fifty years, is a point of reflection.
Apart from the verified promise of organizing a stable (if less dynamic) society, Marxism has the best explanation of how societies work and evolve. Societies divide themselves in two classes: the exploiters and the exploited. From the unavoidable dialectic conflict between the two, progress is synthetized. The idea is simple and obvious.
The English concept of free market where competition's invisible hand will deliver the unplanned optimal solution is conceptually difficult to seize and reality rarely behaves like that. Even the British dont believe in it and since the forties they have regulated, centrally planned, quasi-socialist economy.