A Brief Introduction to the Issues of Marxism
There was a note in the podcast episode titled “The Philosophy of Marxism – Is It All Bad?” that Marxism has had in positive affect in getting the world to understand – to a point – that a person has a unique experience that influences how they interact in the world. This is great for a multitude of reasons, and the most extreme of Marxists could argue that all experiences are equal and must be seen as legitimate. This is where I draw a line with Marxism, not all experiences are equal, nor should all viewpoints be taken seriously.
Every heard of the phrase “There’s no such thing as a stupid question” and thought to yourself: “yeah there is!” Well I have, and this extends to perceived realities. Some things are just not worth complaining about, and we should not be incorporating belief structures that are antithetical to advancing society. Postmodernism, in a quest to level the playing field, has indirectly created a hierarchy of the oppressed. This extension of Marxism has perpetuated a belief structure that holds back minority groups and ranks their “oppression” based on what one can get away with. As we saw with the USSR, a hierarchy of oppression leads to mass death with trying to “rectify” the situation and provide “equality” or “equity.”
Why is this? Why is it that when the oppressor is removed some the situation the bloodshed didn’t stop inside the Gulags? Well, with number one aggressor removed from society, number two becomes the new number one, and thus they were then sent to the gulags. Rinse. Repeat. Marxism at work, no matter how one feels about it. Marxism in practice is too easily abused by those in power. Marxist societies, in trying to unshackle the “oppressed,” stomp on the necks of its citizens to further its agenda. A philosophy that you would think leads to peace among the commoners leads to violence against classes of individuals that Marxists would rush to defend in western capitalistic societies with a foundation in logic and efficiency.
So where does the answer lie? As with most hard topics with extremist answers, the answer is somewhere in the middle. Society must find a way to prioritize the issues of society and its different types of people, while securing the rights of ALL people, regardless of perceived historical significance. The reality is that those who look like the oppressors of the past have little to no connection to it, so it is not fair to hold them accountable for the potential actions of their forefathers, as it is unfair to discriminate others based on creed.
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