He seems to be a decent candidate comparatively, though. Yeah sure he sucks in some ways but so did/does Bernie.
I don’t think it’s very beneficial to sit and nitpick whether this guy is the best embodiment of socialism or piss and moan because of online beef with the People’s Party. We could utilize this election as a way to broaden support for socialism (or, like Bernie, at least popularize being against the status quo).
Yes, he’s said stupid things about the Soviet Union and Reagan. But he still seems like a pretty decent candidate when compared to others in the US, and while he has no chance of winning under the two-party dictatorship, we could use this to give awareness of socialism a boost.
Correct me if I’m wrong.
So what do you suggest I do? What should we as Marxists in America do? That was a God-tier comment but I still just am not sure on whether I should engage and try to get others to engage or just leave it.
My apologies if I misunderstood, it was a very long comment and my brain is still recovering from the copious amount of drugs I did
I find myself rolling my eyes around my friends more
YES. The amount of cringeworthy things they say is wild. Anti-socialism (sometimes without even knowing it), some borderline racist/sexist things… they’re distancing themselves from me each and every day. I need new friends (more accurately, to replace a few of them)
It’s definitely affected them. Some people agree with me and we’ve found a greater bond over it; some people don’t really care; some people actively disagree and it caused a bit of a rift.
A few things that I have sensed are a general apathy compared to my enthusiasm for the subject, and, like another commenter said, the difficulty of not being welcomed to bring up communist politics up to others.
Cuba. Closest socialist nation and Spanish is easier to learn.
China is a close second, but I know the culture there is far different and I’d be afraid to try to assimilate. Maybe that’s just because I see how Americans treat foreigners, idk.
As Camarada Forte said, though. I’d prefer to stay in my home country (US) and live/die for socialism
Glad to have the validation, thank you.
What sparked this post was a guy last night in game chat of a CSGO game literally typing hard r n-word, along with (there was a guy with an accent in the game - not sure exactly where from) “oh Jesus, another foreigner”
Maybe it’s gotten worse, maybe we just notice it more because we aren’t that and have grown up past that
One of my pet peeves is when libs say something political or talk about politics, and then say it isn’t political.
Yes, or the constant “you inject politics into everything” when it’s something overtly political (as most things are).
A non-Marxist related one would be people saying Vetran instead of veteran. Lmao.
I’ll start with my background and material conditions, because of course that is pretty important.
I grew/am finishing growing up pretty privileged. Still working class, to be sure, but you know. Straight, white, male, and never have had to worry about money issues. Progressive liberal single mother, worked hard to take care of me. She never had the time to really dive into the why and get a great understanding of it all, just meant the best for people and kind of that well-intentioned social Democrat type.
I had always been interested in how we organize our society, though. Liberalism/Social Democracy, which I had subscribed to until the Ukraine/Russia conflict, still left me with so many questions. I really had no understanding of the world around me.
A very small but impactful moment was when I was watching Bo Burnham’s Inside in 2021 and he sang a line about private property being inherently theft and neo-liberal fascists destroying the left and it was like “whoa. I’m a liberal. What’s wrong here?” It also didn’t help that I didn’t know the difference between personal and private property then, so it caused a lot of anxiety.
That kind of kick-started a little exploration into the real left and sticking my toes into some Second Thought. Watched all his videos, read some of the Manifesto, and got on Lemmygrad.
Since then, I’ve read State and Revolution, Blackshirts and Reds, watched tons of informational videos, and am getting into ‘What is to be Done?’
I am now a developing Marxist.
If anyone made it this far (apologies for taking up so much space, I don’t know how to do the spoiler thing), can you help me understand Dialectical/Historical Materialism a little more or recommend some reading? That’s really the only part of all of this I don’t understand fully, and I’m aware it’s one of the most important.
Why is polygamy (or in your words promiscuity) inherently worse than monogamy?
As long as it is acknowledged and agreed upon by everyone involved, there should be no issue. The only problem comes when one person thinks it’s monogamy and the other breaks that trust.
The social player thing is not just a woman problem, in fact I’d say it’s worse coming from men. As another commenter said, men do that shit all the time and only when women start to engage in similar behaviors does it become a problem. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with holding certain values for yourself, I myself could never be a social “player” (meaning casually sleeping around, if I’m interpreting that right) and am not interested in anyone who is, but that doesn’t give you or me the right to pretend we’re morally superior in that regard. I guess the only time I’d feel comfortable shitting on someone is if they’re sleeping around while their partner is unaware. But that could just be trauma on my part, someone educate me if I’m wrong lol.
Anyways, I really suggest you take the time to read what some of our comrades here are recommending and digest/think where these thoughts are coming from.
Yes, you’re right. It is fucked. I’ve just been told off by my friends sometimes like “yeah dude that’s life” or other shit like that so I’m always hesitant to call it like it is