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do you not wonder that perhaps there is something wrong with communism?

Posted by: David ( USA ) on January 10, 19100 at 11:53:52:

In Reply to: Communism is, in a word, hope. posted by Nikhil Jaikumar on December 30, 1999 at 11:13:47:

: But none of that can alter the essence of what Communism really is. Communism is, in a word, hope. Communism is about, in the words of Tom Hayden, "replac[ing] power based on possession, privilege and circumstances with power rooted in love, reason, reflectiveness and creativity". {Hayden was, at the time, a non-communist, mostly because it wasn't clear at the time what communism could be. But his words remain valid as a description of the communism of Thomas More, Karl Marx, Thomas Sankara, Salvador Allende, EMS Namboodiripad, and the visionaries of hundreds of 'primmitive' societeies in Africa.)

Tell me though, after you stand witness to the many murderous totalitarian "communist" states that have sprung up in the 20th century, do you not wonder that perhaps there is something wrong with communism? That perhaps people just can't handle a society based on love, reflectiveness and creativity? I am perfectly serious, the masses are asses, to put it crudely and that is something that will really not change in the future. People will always be envious, always be greedy, and always try to do better than the next man. Is that bad? Some say yes, some say no. Some people, like me, just want to be succsessful in life; that means working hard at a profession I love, raising a family, and being happy.

: That is what communism is. If the Maoists betrayed everything that communis was really about, then how can you use their failures to impugn the idea of communism? Even if teh Maoists can be subsu,med within the communist rubric, what about the communist regimes which acieved levels of democracy and human rights in some ways superior to those in America, and which achieved great social progress towarsd building a society of freedom and equality?

All that really matters to me in the end is whether or not people are free. Whether or not they have individual liberties. If a communist state protects peoples individuals rights and doesn't coerce it's own people or other people, then good for it. So far, what I have seen is that it is in the capitalist states in which freedom is protected and people have individual rights. It is for that reason that I am procapitalist.

: BTW, just out of curiosity, how old are you? I'm 19.

I'm 16.

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