In order to understand Socialism, one must understand its origin which is Marxism, which was created by one Karl Marx. Marxism is a method of socioeconomic analysis that uses a materialist interpretation of historical development, better known as historical materialism, to understand class relations and social conflict as well as a dialectical perspective to view social transformation.
A bit of background on our bearded revolutionary. Marx was born 1818 in Germany, later he became involved with the communist party (quick brief on communist beliefs at the time: They believed in the overthrow of the class system and the abolition of private property.) Worked as a journalist in Germany, later fled Germany and settled in London.
Went ape shit and wrote a fuckton of books, primarily on capitalism. Was an avid critic of capitalism.
Here are some of his more well known critiques:
- Modern work is alienated. (He believed labour/work should be a source of joy. However modern, specialised jobs rob the worker of any real contribution as they have been refined to be a highly efficient process, serving as a disconnection of one’s pride or passion from their work .)
- Modern work is not secure (Modern work has made workers expendable)
- Workers get paid little while Capitalists get $$$ (He believed that capitalists shrink the wages of workers as much as possible to make a wider profit margin). He considered profit as theft.
- Capitalism is unstable (Crisis/recessions etc are caused by an overabundance of necessities, factories and systems have become so efficient that we can provide fooding/housing etc to everyone. There is no need to work. “unemployment” should be called “freedom”.) Redistribute wealth of corporations to everyone.
- He believed capitalist ideas make us anxious, competitive, conformists and politically complacent.
Karl Marx’s political and economic ideas have been used to design disastrous planned economies and dictatorships.
Difference between Marxism/Socialism/Communism
People get confused with Marxism and Communism and to sum it up, Communism is the practical implementation of Marxism whereas Marxism is all about theoretical interpretation of the principles, so with no Marxism there is no Communism. So, where does socialism tie in.
If Marxism is the seed, then Communism and Socialism are the branches. The main differences are that under communism, there is no such thing as private property. All property is communally owned, and each person receives a portion based on what they need. A strong central government controls all aspects of economic production, and provides citizens with their basic necessities, including food, housing, medical care and education.
Under socialism, individuals can still own property. But industrial production, or the chief means of generating wealth, is communally owned and managed by a democratically elected government. So, the agenda doesn’t seem that great once you break it down, but it is guided by the magical word of “Equality”.
Today, communism exists in China, Cuba, North Korea, Laos and Vietnam, although in reality, a purely communist state has never existed. Such countries can be classified as communist because in all of them, the central government controls all aspects of the economic and political system. But none of them have achieved the elimination of personal property, money or class systems that the communist ideology requires.
Likewise, no country in history has achieved a state of pure socialism. Even countries that are considered by some people to be socialist states, like Norway, Sweden and Denmark, have successful capitalist sectors and follow policies that are largely aligned with social democracy. Many European and Latin American countries have adopted socialist programs (such as free college tuition, universal health care and subsidized child care) and even elected socialist leaders, with varying levels of success.
It seems that the whole idea of the Great Reset is to put this action into practise and the World Economic are trying very hard to make it happen. By achieving this, they become the ‘Bank’ and distribute all the allocated funds to each country where they then further distribute it to the people.
What is capitalism?
In order to understand why socialism is necessary, we first have to understand what exactly capitalism is. Capitalism is the current dominating mode of production in the world. Capitalism allows for private ownership of the means of production, i.e. private (productive) property such as factories and other workplaces. Capitalism allows for anyone (with sufficient capital) to create a business and produce anything they want,
What is socialism?
When most people (in the western world, including North America and Europe) hear the word “socialism” they think of Scandinavian and Central European welfare states that have high taxes and different forms of social security nets. It is a common misconception that these countries are socialistic.
The correct term to describe these countries is “social democracy”, which is a revisionist form of socialism that does not advocate for a transition to the socialistic mode of production. These countries are by all accounts still capitalistic; they advocate for a reform of the current status quo, not a complete transition from capitalism to socialism.
What socialism is, actually, is a political and economic theory of social organisation which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned and regulated by the community as a whole, rather than by private individuals.
What is communism?
Communism is a social, political, and economic ideology and movement whose ultimate goal is the establishment of a communist society.
Communist society is the last stage of socialism, It is defined as a socio-economic order structured upon the common ownership of the means of production and the absence of social classes, money, and a state.
A theoretical economic system characterized by the collective ownership of property and by the organization of labor for the common advantage of all members.
Communism & socialism are economic structures that provide equality and seek to eliminate social classes, the two are interchangeable in some ways but different in others, in communism the working class owns everything and it is all distributed equally, there is no poor/rich, community distributes based on need not working more than what is required, usually results in poor production, widespread poverty and limited technological advancement.
Socialism’s main focus is on equality but unlike communism workers earn a wage in which they can choose how to spend it. Government not citizens own and operates the means for production. Usually results in no real incentive to achieve more as people receive what they need to survive. Some aspects have been widely adopted. Such as public health care, welfare and public education.
In Capitalism limitations don’t exist, rewards come to those who go beyond the minimum. In Capitalist societies owners are allowed to keep the excess they earn and competition occurs naturally which is the main driving factor in innovation. Tends to create a steep economic divide between the wealthy and poor, with the wealthiest earning the majority of the nation’s resources.
Dangers of Marxism
Marxism is a philosophy and communism is the ideal state achieved when Marxism is lived out. A Marxist is a person who embraces the philosophy of Karl Marx; a Communist is a person who applies Marx’s ideas to the government and the economy.
Karl Marx did most of his work in the British Museum in London, the city to which he fled because his revolutionary activity elsewhere made whole nations dislike him. There was a lot to dislike. Marx was a famously rude person whose unwillingness to bathe or get a haircut was legendary, as was his inattentiveness as a husband and father.
And though he claimed to understand the working man, Marx never stepped foot in an actual factory, that we know of, or did any real work himself.
On February 21, 1848, Marx published the Communist Manifesto with the assistance of Friedrich Engels, a young revolutionary who assuaged Marx’s prodigious financial appetite with money earned, ironically, by his father’s factory.
Very few in the West have truly come to grips with what has happened in history when Marxists get their way. We all know about the horrors of Nazi Germany but the slaughter of 100 million people by communist regimes of the twentieth century seems not to have registered. 3 Specifically, historians now estimate, only as a starting point, 61 million deaths in the Soviet Union, 38.6 million in China, two million in Cambodia (then called the Khmer Rouge), 1.6 million in North Korea, and 1.2 million in Yugoslavia.
Marxism in Australia
Now it is hard to exactly pinpoint how Marxism originated in Australia. Some say the Australian Labor Party was the world’s first elected socialist party when it formed government in the Colony of Queensland for a week in 1899 (but didn’t last that long). Others say that throughout the years the Australian Labour Party has transitioned from the ‘working class party’ to the ‘socialist party’, as most of the country’s with a left wing leadership consider themselves at ‘Democratic Socialist’, to state that yes they are there for the minority parties, but when the majority supports the minority are they still the minority? (Especially when the unions are on the side of the ALP and are all headed by communist representatives, allegedly).
It seems like the plan for Australia is to eventually follow the steps of Marxist impacted New Zealand. In short, Ardern is focused on changing the “base” in the Marxist model of society, where the real power is. She is making the forces of production take losses so that those excluded from it can get access. This is the case in property prices via demand side policies for lower immigration and international capital and increased supply. And for wages in lower immigration for reduced supply and increased offshore demand for Kiwi goods and services. It remains to be seen what the owners of the “base” will do in response!
By comparison, Australia’s pathetic Fake Left focuses nearly all of its efforts on the “superstructure” in the Marxist model of society where little power resides. Granted, the post-Australia Labor Party is going to scrap negative gearing, but it has become horribly complicit in a whole range of other capital-hugging policies that mean the base will not change (and neither therefore will class structure). Its absurd conflation of free trade with mass immigration raises house prices and lowers wages. Its pre-occupation with art, culture, education, gay marriage and other “identity” issues is an obvious distraction from issues such as tax and superannuation reform, addressing the currency, rebuilding industry and constraining finance, which are the base of a phenomenal class war on wage-earners and youth.
Also, it seems that there will be an interesting event in a few weeks here in Australia, and it will be taking part none other than Easter. This can be seen as the low key leftist approach in eliminating the ‘family’ narrative to go and support something that is against that agenda, like last year (in Australia) we had Easter and Christmas shadowed by Covid threats, allegedly, so yeah Marxism 2021, very interesting.