I disagree with Lee Harris’s explanation for why socialism hasn’t died.
We are all socialists now. Or, at least, all but the most doctrinaire of us recognize that a little redistribution is the only practical way to operate a modern society. Optimal production and distribution of goods and services is not the only value. Consequently, it’s extremely useful for improving a little on the social stability that unfettered laissez-faire capitalism would provide.
I think that the most important reason that socialism hasn’t died is that the notion of the perfectibility of human nature, the fundamental concept on which socialism relies, is irresistible. There will always be people who embrace it.
UPDATE There’s a neat phrase in Vox Popoli’s post on the same subject:
Man is not a rational creature, he is a rationalizing one.
It brings to mind Sam Clemens’s famous comment:
Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.
The gist of Classical Values’s response is that you can’t reason someone out of something they weren’t reasoned into to start with. Don’t abandon logic and reason, Eric. They’re the only weapons we have against the darkness. Well, those and slapstick comedy.