Post by teddythaelmann on Dec 19, 2007 2:44:14 GMT -5
I am. Not a Trotzkist, though (as this is a Redskins' commemoration website...). I am certainly not a party academy erudite expert on marxism, it's what You can assimilate in the time left after work. Not card carrying party member anymore because of too much visionist sectarian dullheads...
all this sickening fractionism... no wonder that nowadays reaction doesn't stop laughing. The heralds of the wonderfuld world of free enterprise range from philo-fascists to (anti)social democrats and they all stick together. But when it comes down to us - a majority enjoying constant interior harrassment for bloody details that in reality could only at earliest be discussed 200 years after overtaking the power... ridiculous and maybe all these blathering idiots a mercenaries sent in by the other side.
Stalin was right when detecting that modern society has to assimilate marxist principles to a point where they would be commonly recognized as civilizing dogmas. Just like western society was based on christian dogmas, imposed by force and fire during the early middle ages.
On the other hand I really don't see why I should consider Trotzkism or any other marxist interpretation as ennemy. All in all we have a common ennemy whose defeat is far. very far. The rest is for futture generations.
My one experience being a card carrying Socialist was frustrating in the extreme. At the end of the day I am not sure ANY party can speak for the people...power corrupts and absolute power...well, we all know the rest. That said, I'd rather be branded a socialist than anything else. I usually tell folks I'm a humanist on loan from the socialists, like the late David Widgery (early RAR guy) used to say. Basically I go with my head and my heart on different issues. So sometimes I'm a plain old democrat, sometimes an anarchist and sometimes a total RED.
If you're against the current system and not some idiot fascist you're okay in my book. Fight the real enemy!
I'm a committed socialist and have been for many years. I've always regarded communism as idealistic, and with it on its last legs everywhere I feel that most now see it as I do. As I read it, Russia is a mess due primarily to Stalin's legacy, Cuba is at least 50 years behind most of the world, North Korean people starve while their dictator spends gazillions on nuclear arms, when given the chance Nicaragua actually voted the Sandinistas out and China's heading toward free market capitalism due to the breakdown of the old system. Not looking too rosy. However, socialism thrives when it is allowed to. Look at the situation under Chavez in Venezuela. The people, and the country, are prospering after years of turmoil. That's the future. Communism would probably have worked were it not for the weakest link in its system - people and human nature. Pure socialism, that is, "from each according to his ability to each according to his need" is probably a bit much to hope for, but the Venezuelan model shows that with adaptation the system can thrive. I'm a teacher, and as such have always been a advocate of the underdog. The kids I love to see do well are those with little. I find that by and large my political views tend to dovetail nicely with my career.
I consider myself a socialist/anarcho-syndicalist and have been involved in unions for a good long time, usually trying to steer the union toward rank-and-file involvement and direct action. I just took my first non-union job, so I'm a bit out to sea with how I'll be involved.
"Changed times bring changed tunes." --Leon Trotsky, 1923
i am a survivor survived the latest round off job cuts,mortgage increases. and all the other crap that goes on. i am in a union but its about as much use as a chocolate fireguard due to the rep.who spends more time moaning about other unions and what there members get than concerntrating on the real job which is looking out for his members.
Hi Hardleft, Have you thought about running for the rep. position in your union? Or maybe someone you know could? I say this because nearly every union I've been in has had the same problem with corruption or incompetence, or more innocently, people who have just spent too much time in office and not enough time among the rank and file, people who become "professionalized" unionists rather than rank-and-file-ists. Organizing a democratic opposition within the union can really shake things up and energize membership for negotiations.