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It’s a mouthful, isn’t it? That’s why I always say that I’m a Marxist-Leninist for simplicity, since many MLs and plain Marxists usually are up for some amount of anarchy and are strong environmentalists.
As with most uber-specific political doctrines, EMLF-A is a mashup of various viewpoints. But with every communist I talk to, none of them seem to have a viewpoint that’s similar to my own. I suppose it could have its own name, but I don’t like the idea of something being named after me, and “Fractalism” sounds more like a capitalist viewpoint, what with a hierarchy involved with fractals and all. Because the “Anarcho-Marxism-Leninism” part is itself pretty much communism, we shall call this doctrine Eco-Futurist Communism, or EFC for short. This entire blog is going to be fine tuning my specific viewpoints, and elaborating on individual points. But here’s an overview of my stance on communism.
Why only slight anarchism?
Anarchism is unrealistic. Even if we managed to get everyone on earth following a communist lifestyle and philosophy, everyone is going to have their own take on communism. Also, with the nature of communism requiring the proper redistribution of goods, there needs to be some form of centralization to ensure this process goes smoothly. Having a fully democratic “big government” that acts more like representatives and general law-setters allows for the facilitation of asset transfers, as well as giving other communist doctrines some representation. With such a process, the government still represents what the people desire, without letting them go all willy-nilly.
I don’t think I need to explain environmentalism. Futurism is effectively a focus on developing technology, innovations, and other sciences that are due to make our lives better. Instead of rejecting new technology, we welcome it and encourage it, for without futurism, we wouldn’t be where we are today. It is difficult for a society to succeed if it is not technologically equipped enough to move forwards. The invention of the cotton gin revolutionized the farming industry. Pretty much everything Nikola Tesla did completely revolutionized the entire way we live, now electrified. Satellites, computers, phones, smart phones. FaceBook, YouTube, Google. While the motives behind the companies may be horrible, while the public does misuse such technologies… such technologies have still done far more good than harm in its purest form (not considering the evils behind the companies that created them). Any and all technology can be used for good, and for evil. And we must push for technological development for the good of humanity.
BUT we must NOT forget we share this planet with trillions of other creatures. We must minimize the negative impact on the environment, and reverse the damage we have already done. Let us stop squandering our resources on our useless military and increase funding to make solar-panel production cheaper, cleaner, and easier. I’m appalled that the Sunshine State of Florida barely uses solar energy. I’ve been trying to convince my parents to go solar, at least in part if not fully. Then there is wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, and many more clean options. Let us be less wasteful. And you know, environmentalism spiel here. It’s been said so many times I need not reiterate the obvious. My point is that environmentalism doesn’t mean we can’t develop new technologies, but we must consider the environment when we do so, and do everything we can to take care of our planet.
Augh! You said the “C” word!
Nowadays, people are so sensitive about the word “communism,” that when I’m not on campus or don’t feel like being confrontational (I usually am wearing something or another that makes it obvious I’m a commie in order to get people talking to me about communism), I usually have to call it something like “Bob” to avoid people turning heads. I’m not afraid to admit I’m a communist. Usually it’s extremely obvious, and just as the stereotypical American has fifty thousand symbolisms of America on him at all times, so do I with communism.
Most of my viewpoints align with Marx more than Lenin, although I greatly respect Lenin for who he was. Next year, there will be a huge celebration as we celebrate the centennial celebration of the October Revolution.
But yes. I do follow most of what Marx has taught, save for the means of revolution, of which I’m more Leninist in viewpoint. Also an authoritarian government will not hand the means of production down to the working class. It’s very difficult for state capitalism to translate into socialism or communism.
That’s not all, folks. But for now, this shall do. More details are sure to come.