I’m against primitivism because I don’t like the idea of dying of curable diseases because some idiot thought that modern medicine was oppressing them.
We skipped the light fandango
Turned cartwheels ‘cross the floor
I was feeling kinda seasick…
- when parents blame their children for having mental health issues
- when parents make fun of their children for being anxious about things
- when parents yell at their children for not being able to cope with stress
- when parents punish their children for failing at things
- when parents get angry at their children because they werent able to fulfill adult responsiblities
Seven Sisters - Sussex - England (von Sheepdog Rex)
"Troy and Abed’s friendship has been such a special and magical part of Greendale”
long live teenage girls they have to deal w/ teenage boys and high school and so many men who want to take advantage of them god bless teenage girls
THIS IS MY FAVOURITE THING EVER
Okay, time to get back into the swing of this.
1. It’s worked before. The primitive communist stage of history may be significantly different from ours in terms of economic organization, but the communistic principle is still behind it, and it’s still based on collective ownership and co-operation. This is also the way people have lived for 90%+ of human existence, so even if there was such a thing as “human nature”, it would easily be the system that defines it best. There are also examples of earlier agricultural societies that worked along communist lines, as well as the experience of communes in Spain and elsewhere, which prove it’s a model which can work in an industrial economy.
2. It’s moral. Communism would mean the end of prejudice, rigid hierarchy and class domination. Capitalism requires a large class of deprived slaves and semi-slaves to maintain its existence, which means that any gains made in the West are made at the price of greater exploitation and misery elsewhere. Communism is fundamentally based on the belief that everyone has the right TO water, food, shelter, healthcare, education and the full fruits of their labour. This is easily achievable, with the ever increasing levels of automation in the economy, and it’s a fact that we have more than enough food and water to feed everyone in the world twice over - the reason it doesn’t happen is because of the “laws of the market”.
3. It’s democratic. Instead of a liberal democracy in which you have to trust bourgeois politicians who are bought and paid for by major corporations, a communist society without private property or money would be based on the needs of the community and democracy in its purest, most direct form. Power would reside again with the people, rather than with the people who just happen to have the most money.
4. We need a long term system. Capitalism is intrinsically geared towards the acquiring of short term profit over all else, which is great for the class that benefits, but terrible for everybody else. It means massive social deprivation, environmental damage and economic dislocations can occur just because it happens to be the best way of generating money for a small group of people.
5. It awards the workers who generate society’s wealth rather than the bourgeois class who are effectively parasites. Those who contribute to the economy get next to nothing compared to the amount of profit the ruling class siphon off (and then dodge paying tax for).
6. It’s the best definition of freedom. The ability to live without a repressive state which can hold you without charge, without a class of bosses who steal your surplus value and see you as a number on a sheet, without the repression of the mandatory family structure. What’s more, communism means the end of social deprivation, a much reduced work week and many other things which will mean humans can finally move beyond historical struggles and begin to live history as a progression rather than a random set of morbid events.
7. It means the end of war and nationalism. Both are highly destructive and neccesitated by many of today’s modern capitalist economies, based as they are on a military-industrial complex and the need to secure resources (especially oil).
8. Capitalism is corrupt and unreformable. We’ve tried, in the West, to make it work for the majority before from 1945-1977 in Britain for example - eventually, the bourgeois class, being that which has the most money and thus the most power, was able to subvert it and lead a counterrevolution which has reduced the standards of living and wages of the working classes, increased inequalities, fostered racial tensions and much more.
9. It links into other oppressions that I’ve highlighted above - racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism etc. are all part and parcel of capitalism and are used as a means of dividing the people against each other and perpetuating oppression. While the destruction of capitalism wouldn’t mean the end of those prejudices, it would abolish the system which promotes them, and thus isolate them and make them easier to attack.
10. The alternatives are so horrifying. Capitalism is based on slavery, war, hatred and fear. It doesn’t take much for it to develop into fascism either - people in Britain, for example, have turned their wrath upon immigrants in recent years and the bourgeois press has encouraged this and deliberately incited racial hatred incessantly - this has meant an increase in sympathy for the far-right. The only system which is based on love, co-operation and the collective spirit rather than hate, prejudice and selfishness is communism.