Since Bernie dropped out, we're left with the same hellhole American political landscape. But now, socialism isn't a bad word. As communists, we can embrace that leftward rhetorical shift and continue shifting it.
Adventure Communist is a simple game. But it illustrates how a communist economy would work, because it eliminates the value form, and focuses on use-value.
In this post, I give 4 points about socialism that people should keep in mind, to have a coherent, broad, and systemic understanding of socialism, to prevent being bogged down in capitalist talking points.
Celebrating and acknowledging the importance of work doesn't mean turning work into an ethical principle. If anything, turning work into a virtue is, paradoxically, a tool of the capitalist class.
Capitalism depends on two values that share a currency: money and capital. Money is liquid currency that freely flows through the economy. Capital is money that has been invested, in order to generate profit.
Under capitalism, people have private property. Private property enables the capitalist class to extract surplus value from the workers. The way they do this is under-compensating their workers. They pay them less in wages than the workers generate in value. The surplus is called profit.
But what if profit was in the form of a currency that was completely divorced from the currency that wages are paid?
In this post I'll highlight three common misconceptions about Marx, often even held by Marxists. These misconceptions are based in a warping of understanding over time.
One of the arguments I hear from pro-capitalists is that capitalists earn their money, and they deserve the profits they get. In this post, I'll do my best to debunk that idea.
Christian Patterson2019-02-06Underground Mall Usually, the tv show Big Brother is analyzed from a psychological perspective. A lot of this analysis is focused on things like surveillance, the Stanford Prison Experiment, and Lord of the Flies. But I've never read a Marxist analysis of the show, and since Celebrity Big Brother is going on right now, I will … Continue reading Marxist reading of the reality show Big Brother, and Social Capital
Christian Patterson 2019-01-22 Underground Mall I got an interesting reply on my post "The U.S. as a one-party state, and the class-character of governments". Basically, the comment suggests that, yes, there's little difference between Democrats and Republicans (anyone with an ounce of critical thinking skills can see that), but Donald Trump is outside of this … Continue reading Response to a Trump Supporter’s response to the class character of the U.S. government
Christian Patterson 2018-11-25 Underground Mall Traditionally, the "communism/socialism/any-social-programs are too idealistic" argument has been reserved for the right-wing pedantic know-it-alls who think supporting the status quo is the "galaxy brain" position. However, as common right-wing sentiment has both moved further right, and became more commonplace, this same sentiment is now echoed by a lot of … Continue reading Why Communism is not idealistic