nordic models

one thing that keeps me motivated, something more than anything, is the proof that as policy changes, attitudes and belief systems can and do also change. smoking indoors used to be completely normal and mundane - you could smoke on the bus, in cafés, on the train, and no one would even question it. some people would even say it was good for you! now, thanks to public health awareness, appropriate campaigning and implementation of policy (in the form of a ban), most have realised the detrimental effects on not only the smokers themselves but the other people around them. the majority of people would now be horrified by the mere idea of smoking indoors. thanks to evidence-based policy, mindsets have been questioned, acted against and completely reshaped. 

the passing of the nordic model in the republic of ireland today has made me cautiously optimistic about attitudes towards prostitution and the commodification of women’s bodies under capitalism. if we ban men from buying sex, they will slowly begin to realise why. and as men’s attitudes towards women and sex are shaped by society at large, rather than being biologically ‘fixed’ and innate, as policy changes, so will they. as society changes, so will they.

anonymous asked:

I'm totally new to marxist thought. Sorry if this is a bad question, but is the general consensus among marxists that we can learn from people like Mao, Lenin, Castro, and Trotsky without fully approving of all of their actions? Also, sorry for asking a totally unrelated question and I also hope this isn't a bad one, but are most socialists and marxists essentially comrades because socialism and communism are very similar? I've noticed a lot of marxists seem to be friendly with socialists.

I can’t speak for all Marxists, but many of us acknowledge the problematic actions of Mao, Stalin, etc. while still learning from their contributions. It’s important that we not allow ourselves to idolize or completely demonize historical marxist figures. We need to learn from the mistakes of past Marxist leaders so that we won’t repeat them, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take notes on the things they did successfully.

This is a great question and a very important one for anyone new to communism! In a sense, Marxists are both socialists and communists. In a socialist state, the means of production (factories, farms, etc.) are owned by the workers. It’s a planned economy based on producing goods for human need, rather than for profit. In a socialist society, class divisions still exist, because the capitalist class will not be very happy to lose control of the means of production. There is a socialist state, run by the workers, which plans the economy and exerts force on the bourgeoisie in order to prevent the capitalist class from rising up and trying to take back production for themselves. The main difference is that the proletariat controls the means of production, whereas in a capitalist society, the bourgeoisie controls it. In Marxist theory, socialism is referred to as lower state communism because it is the first step toward a full communist society.

Upper stage communism is a classless and stateless society. There is no longer a need for a state, because there are no longer any class divisions. All people cooperate to produce goods and services according to human need.

The differences between people labeling themselves as socialists vs. communists are often nuanced and usually have to do with whatever particular branch of leftist thought their views align with.

People who describe themselves as Marxists have the ultimate goal of communism, but believe that socialism is necessary before full communism can be achieved. Some communists are anarchists, who share the same ultimate goal as Marxists (full communist society) but reject the Marxist idea that socialism is a stepping stone to communism. There are also some groups of socialists whose ultimate goal is a socialist society, not a communist one. In addition to that, there are some people who label themselves as socialists who are actually liberals that like the idea of a welfare state such as those in countries like Sweden, Denmark, Norway etc. These countries are actually capitalist, not socialist, though it’s a common misconception made by people who haven’t studied Marxism.

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anonymous asked:

One of the weirdest fetishes a friend of mine admitted to having was about gigantism and like being shrunk and he's a nordic model type of democrat so I'm going to assume all people who go on about the nordic model are secretly into that.

I don’t want to know this

What your leftist ideology says about you.
  • Marxism-Leninism: You've probably defended the USSR in an internet argument. Everyone but you is sectarian and revisionist.
  • Left Communism: You offer no real solutions to anything except that everyone else is an idiot and should check their dialectics.
  • Democratic Socialist: You're still new to the whole "Marxism" thing but you're afraid to make a full commitment.
  • Anarcho-Syndicalism: You have a huge boner for the Wobblies and Republican Spain. Other leftists think you're kind of annoying.
  • Syndicalism: Same as anarcho-syndicalism but add in Daniel DeLeon into "things you get a boner for"
  • Luxemburgism: What Democratic Socialists become after they hit puberty.
  • Trotskyism: You like Lenin but you can't fucking stand how authoritarian Marxist-Leninists are. You're part of one of the dozen groups claiming to be the fourth internationale. All the other leftists make fun of you behind your back.
  • Maoism: The same as Marxism-Leninism but you're even more of a tankie somehow.
  • Social-Democrat: You truly believe you're a socialist but you're not. You get a raging hard on whenever someone says "Nordic Model". You probably vote democrat.
  • Post-Leftist: You're a pretentious white petty-bourgeois asshole. Get the fuck out of my office.