Thanks for sharing your opinion. I disagree with much of what you're saying, but with the amount of anti-communist propaganda that's shoved down the throats of the people, I'm not surprised you believe these things. I want to point out a few of things: 1) Stalinism is nationalistic in nature, and that's one of the reasons it's impractical; socialism must be international to work (properly). Anything less than international socialism isn't socialism/communism. 2) Stalin was a piece of garbage who betrayed our revolution, and he is the one who had Trotsky assassinated. He also had the "purges" where many Trotskyists were killed or forced to leave the Soviet Union. 3) Maoism deviates even more from true communism than basic Stalinism does; in Maoism, the peasantry are considered the "revolutionary class," not the proletariat (working class). The fact that they don't believe the proletariat is the revolutionary class, should remove them from any debate about communism. 4) The reason Stalinism and Maoism are so bad is because they lead to "state socialism," which contrary to popular belief, is a form of capitalism. Remember, communism isn't supposed to be about state-controlled industries; it is the workers who should (as we always say) "seize the means of production."
I should also add that a few well-known Stalinists (Caleb Maupin comes to mind) have admitted that the Trotskyist concept of permanent revolution is a more strict adherence to Marxism than Stalin's "socialism in one country."
I agree with all of Marx's observations, but none of his conclusions.
Sure! Trotskyism is international socialism/communism; workers control all industry and production. One of the many falsehoods propagated by capitalists is that "the state" owns and controls all production (and the means of production), but we advocate for worker control of all industries; we see the working class as the only class which can secure a working-class revolution. Many people erroneously associate social democracy (aka welfare-state capitalism) with socialism/communism, but expanding the welfare state is just an attempt to add a "safety net" of sorts to a failed system (capitalism). It also doesn't help that people like AOC and Bernie Sanders (both social democrats) mislabel themselves as being "socialists." For more information, I highly suggest checking out: http://socialequality.com http://wsws.org (You're also more than welcome to inbox me.)
Thanks for educating me on the subject as well as selecting MHG.
Thanks for the honesty. For information about Trotskyism: http://socialequality.con http://wsws.org
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Thanks for sharing your opinion -- but I highly disagree with you. Would you give me a brief explanation of what you think Trotskyism/communism is? It's hard to give you a proper reply without knowing how you came to these conclusions. The Soviet Union (even as a Stalinist country) went from a poor country to a high-technology world superpower in a matter of decades. I'm NOT advocating Stalinism (as I'm a Trotskyist), but the socialist policies (despite not achieving full socialism) of the Soviet Union greatly improved that nation. Capitalism holds science back; the internet (for example) was seen as something that could hurt the profits of the world's wealthy ruling classes, and as a result, was held back for as long as they could hold it back. We are very PRO-EDUCATION and PRO-SCIENCE.
I did a quick search and read a few sentences.. had never heard of it. I think my assumptions and understanding are false and thus my conclusion. So I have no opinion as yet...Isn't it the same as small business owners running the country... is that the concept?
It's actually not a rival to Leninism; Trotskyists are the true Marxist-Leninists. Lenin is one of our heroes. It (Trotskyism) IS a rival to Stalinism; Lenin wanted Trotsky to be his successor, but because Stalin ended up stealing this position, communism ended up with a bad name. Stalinism is not true communism; Stalinism is nationalistic in nature, which means that it'll always lead to capitalism in the end. If you have an open mind, I suggest you check these sites out: http://socialequality.com http://wsws.org
Thanks for the info & different perspective. I would not have heard of this otherwise.
Outdated? Care to explain how it's outdated? 🤔 You look at a system like feudalism; it's not bad because it's "outdated," it's bad because it was always bad.
I look at a system in terms of its efficiency, both regarding their effect on living conditions, and -let's call it the - 'humanity' factor.Trotsky (and also Lenin, Hitler, add Marx if you want) had political views that were a response to contemporary appearances and local 'situations'. They were products of their own time, were thinking 'in their own time', and were seeking solutions for their own time.We have now seen things and added things that they did not anticipate or could foresee; people's living habits have very much changed. As examples of what I mean: 'globalization', communication, transport, 'speed of life', information level of 'the people'.These guys did have 'visions' for the future, but it was a future based on their own present.I see the systems (incl. capitalism) not as bad, but as insufficient and as too inflexible to respond and to adapt to changes in our realities. They served their purpose - and now it's time to take the next (likely different) steps. You mention feudalism: Replace a King with a 'system' that has none - and you are still a vassal.Democracy: Replace a King with an 'elected' leader - and you're a vassal as well.
Bet you wouldn't say that to my face, bootlicking troll.
I absolutely would. You deserve a nice helicopter ride.
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