[Marxism] What is Marxism?
fajardos at ix.netcom.com
Sun Aug 22 13:03:10 MDT 2004
Personally, I'd offer the following in partial answer to your question:
Marxists believe, at least, that:
1. capitalism is not the end-all of history, it is not the best of all
possible systems. It has brought untold misery to millions upon
millions of human beings and is destroying the planet's very ability to
2. A better world IS possible, a world with equitable distribution of
the world's resources that meets humanity's needs without destroying the
planet in the process; a world in which people are enfranchised and
freed from want, freed to fully develop as human beings and explore
their potential; a world in which for humanity --freed from the
hardscrabble fight for survival and allowed, finally, to fully explore
the creative impulse that makes us human-- in Engel's words, "work will
be the prime want."
3. That world can only be built with the conscious participation of the
people of the world.
4. But, it can only be built once the people wrench political power out
of the hands of the capitalist minority that now rules, and transfer
that power to the people as a whole.
Much of that, of course, is so broad that many people of widely diverse
political stripes can believe it, but I find that it is a starting point
that has set many of us on the road which eventually brings us to
Marxism as the most fruitful method of analysis.
You might be interested in the reading suggestions offered at:
"Foundations of Marxism"
More information about the Marxism