- 09 Aug 2019 00:51
Am I still a Socialist/Communist today? Yes.
Am I a ''Statist'', someone who believes in the at-least-temporary existence of the State to administer a Socialist government and safeguard the existence of the society in formation? Yes.
Do I believe that Socialism/Communism scientifically is best expressed by the works of such men as Marx, Engels, Lenin, and so forth? Debatable.
Why is this questionable?
One reason has been the odious and hateful Atheistic bias of most Socialists and Communists in modern times. Although, it should be said that Capitalism and AntiCommunism/AntiSocialism is as Atheistic implicitly as the modern Communist revolutionaries were explicitly. If modernity is in essence not ruled by Theists, rule is not necessarily for that reason, as injustice is to be tolerated at the hands of evil men if it is right and good to obey in all matters except sin.
The other reason is the alleged moral right of revolution. This is debatable, true. Is one to do evil that good might perhaps come of it? No, although it is possible to carry out a ''Revolution'' if you can call it that if the evil is not willed but occurs indirectly as a consequence, and if there is an illegitimate regime in power, strictly criminal and a tyranny which is by no means lawful over the people, in essence a kind of foreign occupation over a nation. In other words a banditry, a usurpation of sovereignty that lost or never truly had the consent of the governed, implicit or explicit.
A hard historical example would be the Bolshevik Revolution. The Communists did not overthrow the Tsar, he let go of his power and government basically ceased to exist, with two power structures competing to legitimately represent the will of the people; the so-called ''Provisional Government'' and the ''Soviets'', the People's councils which organically sprung up everywhere in Russia to govern the country. The Soviets won under the leadership of the Bolshevik party (under the slogan of ''all power to the Soviets''), and therefore that Soviet government was legitimate, hard as that may be to hear for some.
So the next question arises; given human nature, is it necessary in these times to engage in Revolution to overthrow a regime?
I say no, for this reason; it seems historically speaking that in every case of Revolution as opposed to Rebellion/Sedition/Treason, no matter what the Revolutionaries thought of the matter, Sovereignty and rightful power actually has fallen into their laps with an real absence of legitimate power on the other side.
And yes I know that this has consequences once it is believed to be so.
But man is a fickle and disreputable creature and perhaps, like a chess-player, is interested in the process of attaining his goal rather than the goal itself.