Of course, taking communism in practice is even a step beyond Marxist theories, since Marx didn’t consider himself a Marxist. He said that society was growing towards freedom the way an acorn grows to a tree: inevitable unless totally crushed. He listed the progression as from tribal to city-state to feudal to capitalist to communism. But, truly, how will communism lead to freedom? If anything, it would seem to lead to an eventual break back into a tribal system where there is no established base of power or wealth. Thus, Communism is only the end of our evolution to freedom in that it would send us irrevocably back to the beginning. As such, it is like an apocalypse from which we can never emerge unscathed; the subversive atom bomb of society. God save us.
Maybe i’m just too deeply entrenched in capitalism, but i think communism is a digression in society rather than forward progress. I like to be able to have power, i like to make more money for doing a better job, and i like democratic governments. I realize that an ideal commune would give everyone power & choice and that everyone would be driven to do their best at every job, but after the collection of individuals increased past even 100 i don’t think the system could be upheld anymore. A husband and wife can barely share their power; how can 50 people living on a farm do it?
Today both Philosophy and German History classes began their Communism sections, and both of them left me thinking that it’s sounds like an overly idealic load of shit. Especially after talking about Marx. I feel nice about actually finding the idea not valid past the fact that i’m a capitalist; we didn’t even get to the capitalism related parts yet.
Jonny Lydon of the Sex Pistols on Politically Incorrect (as close to news as i could find without cable):
“Imagine Ralph solving the Middle East crisis”
And that’s exactly my point. I might agree with half or more of what Nader says, but when it comes right down to it, i’m registered as a Democrat for a reason. If i honestly believed that someone who half or more of the country doesn’t even know from Adam (and who wasn’t even let into the building the debate was held in) could lead us to peace and prosperity in the new millenium, i’d give them my vote. And, if i honestly believed a dimwitted bigot from Texas could give me anything i want, i would vote for him. So, do you have any idea of who i’m voting for?
wow… proof that north america doesn’t suck. If only we could fend off Bush in the same unified way we’re fending off this evil hag. I first heard about Dr. Laura about four years ago when she was still just a well regarded radio host. A friend of mine who was urged by our math teacher to listen to her came back to class the next day and pointed our that Laura was a huge bigot and that the show was very offensive. Four years later, the Dr. got a teevee production deal, only to be shot done in almost every major market i’ve heard a report from so far. Power to the people indeed.