The Economist has an article on <a href="http://www.economist.com/displaystory.cfm?story_id=1489165">Marx's intellectual legacy.</a> In it, it argues that even though Communism has failed miserably, Marx's ideas still live on. It points to recent books on the matter as evidence that there is still strong interest in his ideas. The fact that <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/461545.stm">respondents to a BBC poll</a> rated him as the greatest thinker further prove this. Although, I tend to consider the source, especially to what BBC caters to. All socio-economic models are bound to fail though. Capitalism continues to fail, just ask anyone living in poverty. Communism fails too, just ask anyone living in a communist state, or someone who's been there. Capitalism creates a dangerous chasm between the haves and the have-nots, and brings enormous amount of churn and chaos in the society. Communism inevitably and without any doubt, because the variable is human beings, leads to an oppressive, totalitarian state. Which is worse?