Originally Published: August 2nd, 2016
As of late I have noticed an influx in those holding ideologies similar to my own (Libertarian Marxists, Marxist-Leninists, Democratic Socialists, etc.) propagating the idea that a Marxist revolution will bring forth some sort of instantly liberated society void of all struggle, and that all of the world’s problems can be definitively tied to this evil bogeyman named capitalism. This piece does not sit within my standard mode of writing, and rightfully so, as it exists not to explain Marxist thought, but to discredit those vulgarizing it.
While it must be deemed true that many of the world’s problems arise out of the roots of the capitalist system and its offshoots, it must be acknowledged as equally true that not all of the world’s problems can be tied to the system itself. Thus, it is naïve and childish to propose that all of the world’s worries will wash away with one fell swoop of the revolution. The abolition of all that is evil—racism, sexism, homophobia, imperialism, capitalism, competition—is a struggle, not a battle. There is a clear dichotomy between these two ideas. A battle can be declared won at a clear point in time, while a struggle is a constant uphill climb against all that is, and that climb does not end, it simply slows as conditions become more comfortable. A struggle is characterized by resistance; it is constant because the threat is never-ending. Knowing this, it must be understood that the revolution is not the end to the means, there is no end, resistance is the means and all that there is.
Adding to this thought, in his autobiography “Revolutionary Suicide”, Huey P. Newton famously contended “Many so-called revolutionaries in this country, Black and white, are not prepared to accept this reality [of revolutionary suicide]. The Black Panthers are not suicidal; neither do we romanticize the consequences of revolution in our lifetime. Other so-called revolutionaries cling to an illusion that they might have their revolution and die of old age. This cannot be.” Nearly all Marxists within this community claim to be revolutionaries, yet nearly all romanticize the thought of seeing their ideal Marxist society. You will not. You will die. This is the inevitable. This is the truth. Willingness to face this truth is what makes you a revolutionary.
To tack on a final, slightly unrelated yet equally important thought, the refutation of capitalism does not come simply, so please, for the sake of your comrades, understand that every single misstep made by members of our community is a handle by which the capitalists, the nationalists, and the anarchists can throw us around. Internet memes are not sufficient points against an entire goddamn economic system, do not treat them as so. Do not over-simplify the plight of the proletariat through reducing their struggle to the simple claim of “unregulated capitalism” or through displaying an image of child workers alongside some snarky comment of “God bless the free market!” You are not being funny, nor informative, so what do you gain from this regressive spewing of worthless shite? Nothing.
In cessation, I implore Marxists of this community to conduct themselves in a respectable fashion. I am not claiming myself to be above anybody, though this piece has proven to be quite uppity, that is simply my writing style, I myself have fallen victim to these forms of idealism. Self-realization is a major component of the formative process, and self-reformation is that process itself. It is an important leap to take in order to truly embrace the lifestyle of the revolutionary Marxist and even the lifestyle of the cultural Marxist. Application of our collective knowledge is worthless if it is not meaningful, so let us inject some meaning into it.