Communpedia talk:We are all leftists

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I don't accept that Stalinists may come in here and write that "Stalin is a god" or things like that. —Preceding unsigned comment added by A young communist (talkcontribs)

They may not write such things, just like Trotskyists may not write "Trotsky is a god" or things like that. But they may make leftist contributions to our project, just like anyone. —
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xXPowerMexicoXx (Talk) 00:11, 24 July 2011 (MSD)
No, no they can't. Just like Castroists can't say "Castro is a god".
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Your Commie comrade, Rebel Fighter! (call me!) 04:54, 25 July 2011 (MSD)
Not? I got that impression when I read about Stalin. It seems like you really MEAN that Stalin is a god. A young communist 17:36, 4 August 2011 (MSD)

Social democracy

I am a little uncomfortable with the section: "Reconciliation of social democracy and communism ". I think that significant change is unlikely to be achieved using the reformist approach, and furthermore, most social-democratic parties now have fallen to a rather low state: eg, the Labour Party in Britain or the NDP in Canada; they're more state-capitalist than anything. And I'm afraid that I agree with the right-wingers' criticism that social democratic governments tend to over-regulate everything: socialism is about collective ownership of the major means of production, not about requiring a license to brush your teeth. There is a major class issue when social-democrat parliamentarians, who are mainly from middle and upper class professional backgrounds, pass laws telling working class people where they can smoke, how they can build their homes, where they can camp, that they need helmets to ride their bikes, etc., and when they require working class people to deal with the bureaucracy, sometimes requiring advanced levels of literacy, to obtain licenses or permissions for all kinds of fairly ordinary activities. If you've been to university, you can do your own taxes; lower-class people tend to be intimidated by, or unable to understand, the forms, and pay ten percent to an accountant to do it for them. It's class-biased, and the same dynamic plays out time and time again in the interactions between ordinary people and modern governments. Social democrats are often oblivious to this and other working-class ralities.

Now I'm not saying that conservative (or "liberal") parties are innocent when it comes to regulating or restricting the freedoms of the common person -- read the last few chapters of Capital --, but I'm saying that the social democrats have not broken with this mold. In general, I think the criticism of social democracy is that it's still pretty much bourgeoisie.

I like all kinds of people, and communication with social democrats is a good thing, but I don't want to end up at some half-way position between communism and present-day social democracy. Tribal 15:19, 21 September 2013 (GMT)

One needs go no further than Bill Clinton or Tony Blair to see how thoroughly compromised moderate leftists can be; however, neither of those men are Marxists, or ever claimed to be. Social democrats who are Marxists, and serve at the pleasure of a proletarian constituency are another matter. As to middle-class and professional backgrounds, in a developed society, a talented worker who pursues specialized training or education often nominally falls into those categories; the question is whether they retain a proletarian consciousness which reflects their social origin. As to whether smokers can abuse non-smokers in the workplace with second-hand smoke... (from "organic" "natural" tobacco, of course) User:Fred Bauder Talk 16:11, 21 September 2013 (GMT)