Sunday, October 11, 2009

Today’s Marxism?


There are a couple of Marxist discussion groups here in Tucson and I would like to check them out. I am very interested in what today's Marxist might be thinking. Marxism has always been very idealistic, and since Marxism never delivered on its promise to the workers (i.e., that the workers would run things because the state would, after the revolution, no longer be necessary), I would think that most Marxists would be very disillusioned with the philosophy. I am interested in finding out why Marxism appeals to anyone today.

One of the Marxist discussion groups meets at the Revolutionary Grounds coffee/book store, while the other, an international socialist organization, meets at another locally owned coffee shop here in town. I will probably visit both groups sometime soon and I hope to learn much from the people I will meet and discuss Marxism with. There are certainly some aspects of Marxist thought that could be useful during any political/economic circumstances, but I fail to see how it could ever realistically imagined as being a viable sociopolitical/economic philosophy in the United States of America.

The U. S. has always held to a very conservative sociopolitical/economic philosophy that values to things above all else: private property and individual liberty. Marxism believes private property and individual liberty need to be abolished and I fail to see how anyone can actually believe the utopian Marxist vision of the future could take place anywhere, especially here in America; it's just not going to happen, People come to the U. S. looking for individual liberty and freedom; not to join a collective.

Marxism is revolutionary, but any successful revolution here in the U. S. would have to be based upon the government's infringement upon people's private properties and their individual liberties; the two principles we value above all else. The Marxist believes these two principles need to be done away with because they are the root causes of our sociopolitical/economic problems, which can be solved by the revolutionary socialistic abolition of private properties and individual liberties.

The Marxist ideology has never had much of an appeal here in the U. S., and I don't think that it ever will. So, I'm curious about why some people here in Tucson are Marxists today. I imagine they are idealistic and revolutionary, which are very practical aspects of Marxism, but I doubt that anyone really believes the worker's revolution can usher us into a brave new world wherein neither private property nor individual liberties can interfere with the desired harmony of the shared collective.

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