Fortunately for Marx the man and his reputation, he never personally gained control of the machinery of any state. Thus, the dirty work of actually implementing the necessary “dictatorship of the proletariat” was left up to others.
And those who attempted to bring Marxism into the light of practical reality quickly found that applied Marxism brings impoverishment and the destruction of human freedom.
A common response from the left is that socialism (or democratic socialism) works just fine in Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
If the left insists on naming a system of generous government benefits combined with a free market democratic socialism, I cannot stop them. That seems unnecessarily confusing since the government is actually running no industries other than education (and meddling somewhat in health care). It certainly isn’t socialism.
Oh, and let’s just leave a couple of other factors off the table while we’re at it: natural resources, oil exports, a strict immigration policy and an extremely small population (21 million total, which is only 8 million less than the state of Texas). Scandinavia is a great part of the world.
I’ll take Texas and the USA with all its flaws any day of the week, pandemic and all.