See what all you young radical left wing activists don’t get is, exactly what you’re campaigning for: you’ve never lived in a communist country; you live in a country that gains its money from capitalism, use its socialist side to gain benefits that ensure your standard of life is higher than most other countries in the world, and still naively push the whole ‘communism is good in theory but has never worked in practise’… well actually, its the practice that counts. Human nature is what counts. People are power hungry, people want more - you will never have a completely selfness system where everyone shares and is equal. People are not equal, people do not think the same, they do not want the same things. An actual political system with someone in power can never be equal and selfless, and its the practical applications of Communism that prove it.
Basically, economy-wise - if everyone is equal, than a doctor will earn the same wages as a janitor right? (Keep in mind a communist economy is doomed to collapse, so those aren’t high or stable wages) - hence, nobody will bother to get an expensive education and specialise as something like a doctor, because basically - whats the point? Taking that a step further - if nobody’s going to pay you, are you going to work? No! So basically, production decreases dramatically because workers aren’t being paid, the economy collapses, people starve etc.
This isn’t theoretical - my parents and grandparents lived through this. My great-grandfather (the one who wasn’t locked in a work camp for 6 years by Communists for opposing them) use to say “I’ll pretend to work as long as they pretend to pay me”’ my mother who is only in her 40′s still is amazed how the supermarket shelves aren’t empty; how she doesn’t have to wait in line since 3am on a freezing winter’s night, until mornings light, just to get that few kgs month’s ration of meat.
Communism doesn’t work, no matter how you apply it. Equality sounds nice, but not everybody is equal, and not everyone is the same. Equality should to a degree exist in a political system - wages should be equal to everyone performing the same job; discrimination on the basis of gender/religion/political affiliation etc, in the workplace should not be allowed; but that isn’t communism, or even really left-wing politics… I think its just fair/normal?
For the economy to work it needs work, it needs production; output - profit; in a communist economy there is no profit, and hence the economy cannot grow. When the economy cannot grow, you will eventually end up like my family - rationed food, black market meat, buying shoes on ration cards, empty supermarkets - in extreme cases (when the system desperate needs to keep itself from collapse, which will occur inevitably) - People being imprisoned/detained for opposing it. And this isn’t some 100 year old example from some ~extremist~ soviet country etc. My great-grandfather did not live 100 years ago. He lived in a free EUROPEAN country (with soviet influences yet not under soviet rule), and yet he was imprisoned for 6 whole years, in a work camp in a desert - an educated officer who was degraded every single day of those 6 years. His opposition didn’t even include being an outright activist - he was a pilot, but for the Tsar (King/Emperor) and not the communists. That was it.
The reason this is relevant is because: A communist state cannot sustain itself economically, this causes a dramatic decline in the quality of life for its citizens - this causes them to oppose this system - BUT those in power have a LOT of power, and they want to hold on to it.. so what do they do - increase propaganda, punish anyone who speaks out against them, punish anyone suspected of being against them.. You get a restricted and paranoid state.
You like those “left wing” views of ‘equality’ such as gay rights? Those are not left wing/socialist/communist views, they are the views of anyone who believes in freedom - freedom to live your life however you wish as long as it does not harm others (pretty much libertarianism there).
The Conservatives aren’t right, neither are the Communists. We need a system that honours the right of every human being to make their own choices over what affects their life; a system that does not discriminate on grounds of gender/beliefs/etc in the work system and wage system. A system that can provide a sustainable and stable economy for its citizens - no financial crises, no rationing, no suppression, no ersatz food.
If you are a young “liberal” living in a first world country = most likely upper middle class - think about what you decide to be an activist for.
Really think about it.
If your parents/grandparents are migrant - ask them why they moved. If not - perhaps read Lavanya Sankaran’s ‘Alphabet Soup’ (its only a short story, and well written).
Just think - and think holistically - the government shouldn’t have control over social aspects of life (example: gay rights; gays, as human beings/taxpayers/workers/etc. should have the right to be treated equally despite any political system; a political system should have no say whatsoever) - the government is responsible for the economy - the taxpayers money, and how it chooses to make the taxpayer’s quality of life better.
The key isn’t to think along party lines, its to just think for yourself - don’t agree with any party? Great - make your own. Seriously. Its the 21st century, we need some new thinkers who can reflect what the current citizens of this time period are experiencing psychologically/economically/socially/.