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.
Communism destroyed millions of lives, but its critics are now branded "neocons". Why has the left's poisoned love affair with it endured?
Communism, like nuclear fuel, has a long afterlife. In country after country across Europe - from Russia to Albania - it has been discredited for its record in power. No government in Africa or the Americas subscribes to it except the Castro regime in Cuba. In Asia, the communist flag is waved in Vietnam and China without anyone denying that the economic future lies with capitalism; only North Korea stands by the basic precepts of Marxism-Leninism.
I did not read the article you provided by Mr. Service. Instead I made an assumption. All scientific inquiry begins with one so I just made the necessary leap from science to Marx. After all;
Science was for Marx a historically dynamic, revolutionary force. However great the joy with which he welcomed a new discovery in some theoretical science whose practical application perhaps it was as yet quite impossible to envisage, he experienced quite another kind of joy when the discovery involved immediate revolutionary changes in industry, and in historical development in general.
Thus any article on the nostalgia of the Left for communism isn't such a great leap forward.
Allow me to point out that Marxist-Leninist-Stalinist roots go very deep into the rich earth of the Motherland. Like the Armillaria ostoyae, or Honey Mushroom whose use of tentacles, called rhizomorphs to spread and become the largest living organism on Earth communism will always have the same rhizome archetecture. It's allure is straight from "The Sultan's of Swing" .... "Money for Nothing" and the chicks for free....