HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » Video & Multimedia (Forum) » Why I am A Marxist and My... » Reply #2

Response to bjobotts (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 02:13 AM

2. You know Democratic Socialism...

Comes out of the same tradition of Marxist thought that you are saying is unrealistic, right ?

Eugene Debs, the man many people see as the father of Democratic Socialism in the United Sates was himself a Marxist. One need not be a Communist in order to be a Marxist. As all Marxism is, when not treated like a sacred cow, is simply a form of critical analysis.

As to not being Progressive, well if you mean not Liberal than I suppose in that sense yes it's not. But neither is Democratic Socialism sense both seek to eventually end capitalism. The Liberalism that we've seen associated with the Democratic Party since The New Deal does not seek to end capitalism but rather reform enough to make the system bearable for the majority of the population.

Now if you mean Progressive in the sense of social progression than I think we can say Communism is Progressive as it advocates an Egalitarian Society where The State has withered away and the Societal Structures that made the power dynamic of capitalism possible no longer exist.

Personally though, I think a strong Labor Party would go a lot farther in dismantling Capitalism than either the Legislative Reformism of Democratic Socialism or The Revolution that Communism advocates.

I think history has shown that it has been The Union that has been the most effective weapon for American Workers in fighting the class war. Either way though if capitalism isn't stopped our Future I think will be somewhat more deprived than we'd like it to be.

Reply to this post

Back to OP Alert abuse Link to post in-thread

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 10 replies Author Time Post
AProgressiveThinker Jun 2014 OP
bjobotts Jun 2014 #1
LineLineNew Reply You know Democratic Socialism...
De Leonist Jun 2014 #2
deutsey Jun 2014 #3
PotatoChip Jun 2014 #5
mentalslavery Jun 2014 #7
Fortinbras Armstrong Jun 2014 #4
freshwest Jun 2014 #6
2banon Jun 2014 #9
Fantastic Anarchist Jul 2014 #10
Mshab LeftAlt Jun 2014 #8
Please login to view edit histories.