02 December is the day were you are supposed to ditch school. School, at least in the US, is a Neo-Nazi Organisation which controls you a tonne and it would be better if it was dismantled. I am happy for the people who ditched school and hope they had a very good day.
28 November 2019 CE is the 199th Birthday of Friedrich Engles! Engles was the main co-writer for Marx’s work. They are a huge part of history as they helped improve working conditions, and helped spread awesome ideas of freedom. Their ideas were used in created countries which claimed to be Socialist. Even Anarchists like us like what Engles did, as they laid many ideas of what we needed to fix to be free from the bourgeoisie. Engles is often forgotten, but they in many ways were even more important than Marx as they had ideas like “withering away of the state”, which is used by Marxists as a way to finally achieve Communism. We cant wait for Engles’ 200th Birthday.
You a Communist/Socialist, so you should give me half of your stuff right? No, thats not how Communism/Socialism work. I get this question asked to me a lot. People think that me being a Communist means that I want to give half my stuff to some random stranger or person I know. But like most people, they do not know how Communism or Socialism actually work, and say things that contradict what they think Socialism is.
Recognising What Socialism and Communism Actually Are
Communism is the collective ownership of the means of production and resources. In Communism, there are no classes or states, just workers who make the decisions collectively and take only the resources they need. Currency almost never exists and most exchanges between communes are done via trades and Mutual Aid. You retain personal property, but private property is dissolved becomes owned collectively.
Socialism in most cases is just a way to achieve Communism most commonly advocated by Marxists where the workers own the means of production and the state which is run by workers works on improving the infrastructure and nationalises industries (in some cases) and then gives out money evenly.
Know the difference between what you think these things are, and what they are, and know the difference between Communism and Socialism.
Personal vs Private Property
Personal Property is stuff you use for yourself, that cannot be used to exploit workers, things like your toothbrush, everyday clothing, a decent place to live, food, drink, and in most cases your smartphone.
Private Property is stuff that can be used to exploit workers or the environment and make money as well as put someone ahead. These things often include Factories, oil pumps, offices, and machines.
Know the Difference.
People who ask the question “Your a Communist so you have to give me half your stuff” do not seem to know the difference as most people do not have that much private property.
What uninformed people thing Communism and Socialism Are
People who do not know what these things are often have incorrect ideas of what Communism and Socialism are. Most uninformed people think that an authoritarian dictator just makes everyone work and than gives all of them a little money and the workers have no control of the workforce and cant even choose their jobs. People often use examples such as the Soviet Union to justify this. This is incorrect because in Communism the workers own the means of production, and the state is non-existent. Please see my article on The Myth of A Communist Country.
People often do not seem to know the difference between Socialism and Communism and often seem to lump them together. Though many people often view Socialism as just a less extreme form of Communism, which is not true as Socialism is actually just a transition period between Capitalism and Communism that is often used by Marxists. There are many stages to socialism where many different things happen, and near the end, the workers state which was created near the beginning begins to wither away via Withering Away of The State. And After Lenin Died, the USSR actually had very little in common with any of these.
How this question contradicts with their existing beliefs of Socialism and Communism
Since most people who do not know what Socialism and Communism are think that the State redistributes stuff evenly, then the state would be the one who gave them half my stuff, not me just handing it over.
How This Question Contradicts with what Socialism and Communism actually are
This question implys that people in Communism own lots of Private Property and just give half of their stuff to everyone. What these people fail to realised is that Communists and Socialists are for personal property and in most cases do not believe that that should be collectivised. Which Brings us to our next point.
If things are collectivised, then you would not “give” your stuff to someone else, it would just be mutual ownership.
Also, in Communism, everyone is supposed to be equal, and unless the other person gave you half their stuff as well, it would not be equal. As well as that there are other people you would have to share stuff with, not just that 1 person.
People who use the argument “if you are a communist/socialist, then give me half your stuff” do not know what Communism or Socialism really are. They just use their uninformed ideas of what Communism are to try to attack it.
Corbyn had been the leader of the Labour Party of the United Kingdom since 2015. His goals were to try to make the Labour Party party for the working class again. Though the Labour party had almost never been a true Worker’s Party, as they have always done their fair share of helping corporations and banks and not helping the working class. While all this was happening, Corbyn stayed loyal to the Labour Party.
About the Labour Party
The Labour Party of the United Kingdom is a political party which is similar to the United States Democratic Party (though in some ways a little more left). They are a centrist political party with a tilt to the left. They claim to support things like workers rights, social justice, and better infrastructure. They are often considered an alliance with Social Democrats, Democratic Socialists, and Trade Unionists. Their biggest competitor is the Conservative Party of the UK (Which is like the Republican Party of the US). Rather than improving by revolution, they try to improve by reform, which is just patching up the existing Neo-Liberal system that currently exists. This is why the Labour Party can be more accurately described as a Neo Liberal Party than a socialist party, they just try to take capitalism, and improve it a little so people think its getting better when in reality it is not much better and capitalism itself is an obsolete ideology which needs to be replaced.
Who is Jeremy Corbyn?
Jeremy Corbyn is the current leader of the Labour Party. He identifies as a democratic socialist. He has a history of activism in SOME cases. He protested the apartheid and even got arrested, he was openly for nuclear disarmament, and even had parts in Anti-Fascist Action Protests. But whenever his party does something, even if it is something he disagrees with, like the war in Iraq, he still remains loyal with the same party. He joined the Labour party when he was 16 years old in 1965CE. 1 year later, the party announced a wage freeze, and 3 years after that, they created a foundation for a set of rules under the name In Place of Strife. These rules would do things like limit rights for workers to go on strike. In 1976CE the Labour Party brought austerity, which is a system of taxing, which later lead to the Winter of Discontent in 1979CE, which was mass strikes from workers who demanded better wages and working conditions. This is very hypocritical for a party which aims to be the party for the working class, but while there had been parts of the party who had rebelled to these new taxes, those councils were expelled from the party, while Corbyn was still in the party and seemed to be ok with what was happening. They introduced Poll taxes in the 1980s and 1990’s CE, and enforced them on a local level, and when the Early 2000’s came along, The Labour Party even helped the UK get into war with Afghanistan and Iraq (Corbyn was against this), and when the Financial Crash of 2008 happened, the Labour Party was the party to bail out the banks and keep the bank owners and bourgeoisie in power. During all this, he stayed in the party. In Fact, he was in the party for over 50 years.
His Weak Plans to Make the Labour Party more Left
Corbyn wants to make the Labour Party more left, but does not want much revolution and is trying to do it through reform. He is trying to reform a party which has betrayed the working class many times and just trying to improve it. In a large and bureaucratic party like the Labour party, I do not think that this will happen that fast. Corbyn remains loyal to a party which did many things against the working class, and we are not sure if he will actually try to improve the party that much, as the party has done many bad things that he has been supportive of, at best what I think will happen is he will try to change some of the policies that are passed through the government and try to make them a little more leftist, but that will only be a few at a time, not many new ideas. At best his efforts would just be patching up Neo-Liberal Capitalism rather than bringing socialism or any decent leftist ideology, which is just increasing the ticking time bomb of eventual revolution.