We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It seems to me that Marxism is best understood not as a science, but as religion. It seems to begin with the self-referential twin axioms of "Marxist analysis is the only method of discourse that can reach the Truth" and "Truth is that conclusion which is reached through Marxist analysis."
Thus any criticism from outside the circle can be disregarded, since the critic did not use a valid methodology under their axiomatic system, leading to the statements offered without irony like "logic is a tool of the oppressor."
The religious aspect comes in because the adherents are taught that these axioms are not subject to challenge, either from within or without. The only proof necessary is the appeal to authority. Any deviation is thus not simply error, but heresy or apostasy. the "god" of their system becomes the system itself.
Another Guy named Dan