“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.
I shall die a proletarian revolutionist, a Marxist, a dialectical materialist, and, consequently, an irreconcilable atheist. My faith in the communist future of mankind is not less ardent, indeed it is firmer today, than it was in the days of my youth.
La ristrutturazione del capitalismo italiano è stata fatta pagare a milioni di proletari (e per loro non è ancora finita) e a migliaia di padroncini che si erano illusi sulle sorti magnifiche e progressive del famigerato “mercato”. La pagano anche le banche (in realtà sempre i sopracitati poiché le banche sono come lo Spirito santo).
Quel giovanotto che va sotto il nome di Luigi Zingales ci viene a raccontare che «in relatà, il problema non si limita alle sole sofferenze, ma anche ai cosiddetti incagli, oggi ridenominati “inadempienze probabili”». Potete chiamarli come volete e dargli il prezzo più comico, sono soldi che non ritorneranno più in cassa. Piuttosto che menar il can per l’aia raccontateci a chi la metteranno ancora una volta nel culo per centinaia di miliardi. “Il futuro dell’Italia dipende dal valore” di quella spazzatura, precisa il teorico della monnezza. Questa è l’esatta classificazione delle “inadempienze probabili”.
E viene il turno del solito Rampini, che ci racconta di un’altra formidabile scoperta, ritrovata nell'ultimo Rapporto McKinsey:
«L’ultimo decennio ha sconvolto l’ordine economico: i figli sono più poveri dei genitori, e forse destinati a rimanerlo.»
Ma dove vive s’sta gente, ci voleva il McKinsey per sapere ciò che è noto a tutti da decenni ormai?
«Se lasciata a se stessa, l'economia non curerà l'impoverimento neppure se dovesse ricominciare a crescere: “Perfino se dovessimo ritrovare l'alta crescita del passato, dal 30% al 40% della popolazione non godrà di un aumento dei redditi”. E se invece dovesse prolungarsi la crescita debole dell'ultimo decennio, dal 70% all'80% delle famiglie nei paesi avanzati continuerà ad avere redditi fermi o in diminuzione.»
Oh stronzi di tutto il mondo, ben tornati nella realtà del capitalismo.
15. PHOTO or VIDEO. (slow-mo or real-time). This is the final showdown between the Haves and the Have-nots. Show up Monday afternoon at NO LATER than 12 PM at Dolores Park in San Francisco (the flat side of the park at Dolores Park entrance). If your team name has an odd number of letters in it, you are an executive and you must dress business-snazzy. If your team name has an even number of letters in it, you are a member of the proletariate and you must dress in over-alls or blue-collar apparel. Bring at least 12 water balloons (pre-filled with water). At exactly 12:10 PM, the ultimate water balloon battle will ensue. It will last exactly 7 minutes! After this time has expired, the battle will be over and BOTH teams MUST clean up the water-balloon shrapnel (see below). You must have a friend capture the event with a video or photo (don’t get your phones wet) or, if you don’t have a photographer attending with you, you may get a photo with the gishwhes representative at the event—they will be wearing a royal blue beanie. You must circle “you” or your representative (if you don’t live near SF) in the image that you submit so we can identify that you were there. IMPORTANT! Participants must collect and dispose of ALL balloon shrapnel at the end of the battle. Otherwise, seagulls will eat them and they will die a horribly painful and drawn-out death. Have you ever read the “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”? Why not? What’s wrong with you? Let’s just say killing an albatross (which, although from a completely different family (Diomedeidae) than the seagull (Charadriiformes), they do both have wings, and think the ocean is a good place to poop - so they are pretty much brothers) is not good karma and it shall haunt you for life. So be a responsible Gisher and don’t leave until the debris is gone. 105 Points