Hello, comrades. We have been developing a project for an encyclopedia with content moderated by Marxists-Leninists, not only due to demand for quality of information since bourgeois media and propaganda spread lies non-stop, but also because we need to understand reality around us if we wish to emancipate ourselves.
What has initially started as a project for shared knowledge, Wikipedia in a matter of a decade developed into an instrument of class domination and became increasingly aligned with bourgeois revisionist history.
Under the guise of “neutral point of view”, Wikipedia pretends to uphold a mythical neutrality, but in a class society there’s no such thing as neutrality. An example of this is the following excerpt, about Marxism-Leninism:
“Marxism–Leninism has been widely criticised, including by communists, anarchists and by democratic socialists. Many Marxist–Leninist states have been marked by totalitarianism, mass repressions and killings of political dissidents and social classes (so-called “enemies of the people”), religious persecution, ethnic cleansing, forced collectivisation and use of forced labor and concentration camps with Marxist-leninists being responsible for genocides and mass murders in Ukraine, China and Poland. Marxist-leninsm is discredited by most leftists schools of thought, including anarchism, socialism, council communism, and communalism as an absolute a form of totalitarian fascism. Marxist-Leninism is often described by leftists as an example of state capitalism, being contrary to the ideas of leftism.” (link)
Here, not only the article invokes the Hannah Arendtian troubled category of “totalitarianism” (see Domenico Losurdo’s analysis) the term “state capitalism” (term taken out of context from Lenin’s works), and even tries to imply fascism and communism are the same. We can easily see how reactionary Wikipedia has become.
That being said, I think most of us consider an alternative to Wikipedia an imperative on the areas of economy, political science and revolutionary theory. An alternative which not only acknowledges class society but upholds its end. I wanted to address a few things, questions that may arise:
Leftypedia is a fantastic project and has had much success lately. In any case, we all hope it thrives as also an alternative to Wikipedia. Since we are working, in a sense, for the same goal, that being the spread of radical ideas, we are not competitors, we are already helping each other.
However, Leftypedia is not a project with the intention of being internationally available between languages. ProleWiki tries to fill that gap by offering support for international languages. While Leftypedia is offering some shared knowledge, they are reserved for United Statesian leftists.
And most importantly, while Marxists-Leninists are usually considered “leftists”, as Marxists, we disregard any type of political ideas not based on science and the study of the objective reality. We reject idealist inclinations and tendencies in our worldview, so Marxism-Leninism is mostly incompatible with leftist ideas, when it comes to taking action.
While most of us comrades have a profound admiration for China and its economic development, we think an encyclopedia that focus exclusively on China may end up losing a lot of opportunities to talk about other experiences and their contradictions.
However, for the Marxists-Leninists living in US, having a China Wiki is of extreme importance, and may be even more important than an international Marxist-Leninist wiki. For most comrades around the world, nevertheless, an international Marxist-Leninist encyclopedia is way more useful.*
There are many ways you can contribute, here are some:
Indeed. For us to develop a consistent and reliable source of accessible information, we have to contribute with a lot of work. We are well aware of this, these things may take time. However, small quantitative contributions may amount to big qualitative changes.
If you’re reading theory and learned something new, why not take some time to write a few sentences about what you’ve learned and share with your comrades in ProleWiki? Each one teach one!
Individual action may have its benefits, but they’re always limited. So I’ve made a community in Lemmygrad reserved for the discussion related to our project, where we can offer suggestions, comment issues and solve contradictions when they arise.
Disclaimer: This is a very new project. Don’t expect much to work.
Discussion Community for fellow Marxist-Leninists and other Marxists.
Rules for /c/communism
Rules that visitors must follow to participate. May be used as reasons to report or ban.
This subreddit is here to facilitate discussion between marxists.
There are other communities aimed at helping along new communists. This community isn’t here to convert naysayers to marxism.
If you are a member of the police, armed forces, or any other part of the repressive state apparatus of capitalist nations, you will be banned.
Do not attempt to justify your use of oppressive language.
Doing this will almost assuredly result in a ban. Accept the criticism in a principled manner, edit your post or comment accordingly, and move on, learning from your mistake.
We believe that speech, like everything else, has a class character, and that some speech can be oppressive. This is why speech that is patriarchal, white supremacist, cissupremacist, homophobic, ableist, or otherwise oppressive is banned.
TERF is not a slur.
Posts that are low-effort or otherwise irrelevant will be removed.
This is not a place to engage in meta-drama or discuss random reactionaries on lemmy or anywhere else.
This includes memes and circlejerking.
This includes most images, such as random books or memorabilia you found.
We ask that amerikan posters refrain from posting about US bourgeois politics. The rest of the world really doesn’t care that much.
Posts asking entry-level questions will be removed.
Questions like “What is Maoism?” or “Why do Stalinists believe what they do?” will be removed, as they are not the focus on this forum.
Marxists of all tendencies are welcome here.
Refrain from sectarianism, defined here as unprincipled criticism. Posts trash-talking a certain tendency or marxist figure will be removed. Circlejerking, throwing insults around, and other pettiness is unacceptable.
If criticisms must be made, make them in a principled manner, applying Marxist analysis.
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