FAQ's about Marxism
What is Materialism?
Materialism is the view that matter exists independent of thought.
What is Dialectics?
Dialectics is the view that everything in the world is in the process of transformation.
What is the "Materialist Interpretation of History"?
The materialist interpretation of history looks at the relationship between objective conditions and ideologies in order to explain history.
What is Capitalism?
Capitalism is a system of production based on private property. In capitalism, privately owned firms operate to maximize profits and as a result generate vast class inequalities of wealth and power.
What is Socialism?
Socialism is a system of production based on social property. In socialism, enterprises run to maximize the welfare of citizens and as a result gradually eliminate the division of society into antagonistic classes.
What is the Dictatorship of the Proletariat?
The dictatorship of the proletariat is a state formed by workers that defends the interests of the vast majority of people and is organized to suppress and eliminate exploitation and oppression.
What is Communism?
Communism is a classless and stateless society that will emerge with the eventual development of socialist production.
How does one make a 'socialist revolution'?
A socialist revolution can only come about by organizing the workers and peasants into a class-conscious political force that will grow strong enough to take political power. This requires the organization of a communist party of the working class.
Is the Communist Party an Atheist Party?
No. The Communist Party is a revolutionary party of the working class to overthrow all systems of exploitation and oppression. Although dialectical materialism is not philosophically reconcilable with religion, atheism is not a part of the party program of the Communist Party. The CP believes that religion is a personal matter in relation to the state.
Why did Socialism fail in the USSR?
Socialism did not fail but was defeated in the USSR because of the development of opportunist trends within the Communist Party that began in 1956. These opportunist trends undertook policies and measures under the false title of deStalinization that eventually led to the restore capitalism within the USSR in 1991. Even a brief look at the fate of millions of citizens of the former Soviet Union shows that socialism was infinitely superior in all respects than the current capitalism system that has replaced it.
What about Stalin?
Much like psychological war before a military invasion against enemy states, imperialist countries have waged the largest propaganda campaign of the 20th century against communism by attacking Stalin and Stalinism. Expecting a fair analysis of Soviet society from imperialism is like expecting a capitalist to take a fair decision with respect to the wages of workers. While the struggle to weed out truth from fiction is still continuing, it is already clear that the anti-Stalin campaign is a Trojan horse for anti-communism in general.
Are you still allowed freedom in a Socialist Country?
In capitalism the vast majority of the worlds people continue to live in poverty. Under capitalism their lives are utterly destroyed by their dire economic conditions of life. That is why real meaningful freedom for the vast majority of people begins with the end of capitalism. Only when one is free of hunger and poverty can one begin to fully enjoy the creative aspects of human civilization. Therefore, socialism is the beginning of freedom for the oppressed people of the world.
Isn't socialism at odds with human nature?
Firstly, human nature is not uniform, immutable, unchanging, or unchangeable. Anthropologists have shown that human nature has transformed with periods of history. It varies from one region to the other, from one family to the other, and even from one individual to the other.
Secondly, socialism is only at odds with capitalist human-nature and not with human nature as a whole which is quite diverse and always in a process of transformation. The nature of the capitalist class, by and large, is suited to the conditions of continuing capitalist exploitation. It is this system of exploitation that socialists wish to eliminate.