proletariate

Mi piacciono gli “amori proletari”..quelli dei motel fuori mano, un po’ sgarrupati e polverosi..quelli delle trattorie con i tavoli sotto le pergolate e le tovaglie di plastica a scacchi bianchi e blu..quelli che prendi la metropolitana fino al mare di castelporziano, entri di nascosto scavalcando la rete di recinzione, te ne stai su una duna fino a notte fonda a parlare e ascoltare musica da una radio..poi ti spogli, ti abbracci, ti attacchi bocca a bocca e insieme ti lasci rotolare giu’ fino ad arrivare in riva al mare e li’ a far l'amore..e intanto la radio lasciata sulla duna seguita a mandar canzoni…. Annie Lennox - A Whiter Shade of Pale

1942 09 08  Novorossiysk - Steve Noon

Proletary Cement Factory, Novorossiysk. 8/9 Sept. 1942

Having captured central Novorossiysk, Wetzel’s V Armeekorps was ordered to continue the advance along the coast road.The Soviet forces had been decimated in the fight for the city. The only significant force remaining were three battalions of naval infantrymen.16th Naval infantry Battalion had occupied a strong position in the Proletary Cement Factory, on the outskirts of the town. Two more battalions were in the nearby Kransky Oktyabr Factory.At dawn on 8 Sept. German infantry from Regiment 213 attacked but encountered unexpectedly strong resistance at the Cement Factory. The German infantry fought their way into the lower floors and engaged in hand-to-hand combat, while Soviet sailors fired on them from upper floors. After a day of intense combat, the Soviet sailors were nearly surrounded, but the survivors managed to slip away and continue the fight at the Oktyabr Factory.Despite repeated attacks the Germans could not achieve a breakthrough along the coast road and the costly Soviet defense ultimately proved successful.

Education of the Proletariat

“How do you think scientific research and the advancement of science will take place in a world ruled by the proletariat? Right now funding for most scientific research comes from government agencies such as the National Science Foundation. Being a recent convert to Marxism and an aspiring biologist, I believe wholeheartedly in Communism, but I occasionally have a hard time imagining how certain functions would..well, remain functioning.”

This is an excellent question and one that often comes up. It was certainly an issue during the old Soviet republic and remained an issue where ever traditional Marxist-Leninism was practiced. It is certainly one of the inherent failings of the Marxist-Leninist approach to the transitional period towards Communism. As a Marxist who takes the approach that central planning and thus the foundation of the USSR and her emulators were fundamentally flawed, I have a very different approach to the subject of education.

First off, we have to remember that the way humans interact in modern society is not a traditional sense. Humanity has a long history of scientific development for the sake of scientific development. Did the great doctor Hippocrates develop the foundations for modern medicine because he would be given large sums of gold? Did Galileo Galilei challenge the established answers of the Catholic church because he thought the Pope would grant him great riches? Did the 17 y/o Angela Zhang invent a nanoparticle to destroy cancer because she wanted money or because she had several family members who had died and were suffering from it? Humanity will always advance scientifically without the prompt of the State.

It would be both naive and foolhardy to not create the foundation of institutions which would promote this, of course. We can solve this problem through solving another: the education issue. Education is the cornerstone of civilization and modern history has many good examples of how proper education can over time ensure the well-being of a civilization or promote its downfall. The modern education system is, unfortunately, built for another time.

The current system of education is very passive and authoritarian. The teacher sits at the front of the class and the pupils before them. The students sit and listen while the teacher rambles off facts and tries to show how those facts are applied to conventional models. Participation in class is summed up as asking questions if you do not understand. Collaborating with your class mates is called cheating and will get you expelled. Questioning the “why” of things is never acceptable and children need merely understand the facts as they are. The world inside a classroom is very black and white.

Today’s world is not a black and white world where passive, factual information can be absorbed. Today is built upon interactivity. It is a world where factual information is no longer the center-piece of learning, but instead the capacity to think critically. The new system must foster this instead of destroy it as our current system does.

Imagine if you will a new system of education. The “years” have been abolished in standard learning and the class room has been destroyed in an attempt to create open auditoriums for groups to interact. Students are themselves teachers as those who have advances further along their studies teach those who are further behind thus reinforcing ideas that the student-teacher learned so they do not forget it through lack of use. The “class” is now a small group of only five students with a teacher several steps advanced then the pupils. Groups of teachers are overseen by a teacher even further along who in turn teaches those even more advanced knowledge. In this way the movement of students through academia is not the start and stop rigidity of the current system that cares little for whether you have truly grasped a subject, but instead a system which fosters cooperation and inter-connective learning between those both above and below.

When a student reaches a certain age (let us say 14) they will begin teaching the younger students who are further behind them. At this time they will also begin gaining a stipend from the State (assuming here that we are in the transitional phase) so that their work for society may be reflected in their rewards. This stipend will continue through out their educational career and for so long as they choose to remain in education. Should they choose they could remain within it for the entirety of their lives. As they gather enough proficiency in subjects they will simply take part in larger scale projects and eventually in clinical trials or development programs that will push the boundaries of their fields of study. 

Science is intertwined with education. More so, education is the thing which guarantees a healthy society. A society which learns to create a strong foundation for education will not only create a populace able to tackle ideas such as democracy, but also extend the length and breadth of the human condition. This is the promise given to us by the proletariat’s education.

Face off between Tubbs the proletari-cat and Xerxes, the representative for the ruling class. Socks is a slave to industrialization and admires Xerxes from the choo-choo, Speckles hopes this feud won’t interfere with business.