Manifesto

We live in an age of consumer nonsense, vast inequality in the places that it matters and stunningly complex laws in places where it really doesn’t.

First world economies are based on stupid people buying things that they don’t need, who have been sold to them by multinational internet giants that owe no allegiance to any nation and who exploit the third world workers who made the goods in a totally shameful manor.

Developing economies are trapped in a cycle of poverty, world trade is so slanted againt them that development is an uphill struggle. If the Third World share of world trade was to go up by a tiny percentage, millions of people would be lifted out of poverty.

Free trade is a myth, those great temples of free market thought, Britain and the US, got where they are now through protectionist policies. This blog recognises the right of sovereign, elected governments to defend their economies and to take a hand in the market.

The environment, that which we all depend on for our livelihoods, directly or no, is being abused everyday by a wasteful world economy that cares not for people or for wildlife, but for a select elite that benefit from the exploitation of the land and people.

Which is why this blog advocates the return of the people to the land that bore them, and a return of society to its agrarian and simple roots.

Let our economies and food supply be based on small scale, labour intensive organic farms, which mop up unemployment and which provide the landless proletariat a stake in our society through the construction of small holdings.

The land must be redistributed to the people.

MarxistMax

23 thoughts on “Manifesto

  1. Luc May 14, 2013 / 6:19 am

    Where are you coming from?

      • Luc May 24, 2013 / 10:56 pm

        You invited me here, you know, Luc. From your school

      • MarxistMax May 25, 2013 / 1:46 am

        ah, luc foster

  2. Alan Curtis Montgomery October 1, 2013 / 1:45 am

    I hear and agree much in theory of the overall concept of what you say here. I do agree first world ultra-capitalist are exploiting the third world for their own benefit. I agree with as well free trade harms more then it helps. Where I believe you need to consider further is the consequences of what your advocating for. It is the first thing I do when coming up with theories and philosophies is consider the consequences if they were adopted as truth and enacted as a policy. The truth is if we had stayed agrarian societies we would not have progressed near as much in technology, architecture, innovation, education, ability to fight disease and hardships, etc… It is precisely because we moved away from our agrarian roots we have been allowed to progress and become the first world, powerful, and prosperous countries we have today. However we never took the time to consider the consequences and all that we lost in doing this.

    There was many benefits to such societies, people were closer together on an emotional level (though we are closer today then ever in the physical world emotionally we are generally quite detached from others around us), life was simpler, people helped each other more, people took the time to appreciate the little things in life, there was less crime and civil strife, people were more independent and self sufficient, and society was more stable. This is why I think the answer is a hybrid between the two ways of life.

    You have such agrarian societies but modern ones, that are interconnected with each other, extend far beyond agriculture and expand on the full range of human endeavor and creativity, that highly respect the rights of the individual but at the same time respect the right of the collective citizenry, that have voluntary collectivization where resources, funding, housing, supplies, etc… are pooled together by those wishing to participate and shared among individuals and families of the community based on ability and need. Where law is limited to only what is necessary and essential along with all inhumane punishments for violating the law being eliminated. Where people are free to exercise speech, thought, religion, expression, movement, and freedom of association and assembly. Where centralized governments largely cease to exist and governing is done only to what is necessary among the members of the community. The only role centralized governments would play is ensuring individual and groups Constitutional rights are being protected, provide for common defense of the Nation, and so representatives of communities chosen by their local community have a place to gather to form treaties, trade agreements, and mutually agreed upon laws that deal with inter-community issues. The United Nations would still exist to settle conflicts and provide humanitarian existence at the global level. I know all this sounds rather utopian but that would be my definition of an ideal society.

    You have a great blog here. I know you will go far in your journey in life. Don’t let others discourage you, but go ahead with trying to effect change in the world. I have been trying to do such for a number of years and I don’t know how much of an impact I am having. However I am certain, beyond any reasonable doubt, that I am having a positive impact in the world. Change begins with ideas, then those ideas come together to form a philosophy, then that philosophy ends up changing the world. My core philosophy is that there is humanity in all people and human rights are universal and belong to all of humanity. I long for a day when the vast majority of people in this world recognize that and respect that basic truth.

    I would say the philosophy your advocating for is heavily rooted in libertarian-left philosophy, if your not familiar with that you should research it online. I am firmly rooted on the libertarian-left of the political spectrum and I would imagine your somewhere in that spectrum as well http://www.politicalcompass.org/ . I recommend you research Noam Chomsky. You are much closer to Noam Chomsky in philosophy I imagine then Karl Marx. Good luck on your blog and I will come back and visit when I have more time. I did not mean to go on so long, I just wanted to give you somethings to think about on your journey forward. I like what you are trying to do here, getting people to think different and see the world differently.

    • Alan Curtis Montgomery October 1, 2013 / 1:49 am

      The United Nations would still exist to settle conflicts and provide humanitarian existence. Assistance I meant.

    • MarxistMax October 1, 2013 / 9:01 pm

      Hello Alan, and thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my blog. As I’ve said before, I really like it when people do that.
      I agree with most of what you said there, but I’m definitely not a libertarian, by any means. What you’ve said about Agrarian societies is the crux of the whole debate. Do you need to industrialize to save the environment later on? I think that’s a very ‘status quo’ point of view. There is a possibility of development without such intense industrialization. Of course I’m not a total idealist, there has to be some industry. But it needn’t be so crass in the way it affects ordinary people. I don’t think the ends justify the means.

      • Alan Curtis Montgomery October 2, 2013 / 3:02 am

        The libertarian-left and “libertarians” on the right are very different. Take the free test at political compass I mentioned above and it will tell you without even having to give your info or E-mail. I took it three or four times before and every time I fall firmly within the libertarian-left part of the political scale. I don’t see it so much a status quo point of view as a realist point of view. We can not pretend the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries never happened. People have grown accustomed to the comforts of modern living I don’t see very many being willing to forgo that. I am all for getting industry to clean up its act, be more regulated, there being more protections of natural resources, wildlife, and the environment. However a luddite like vision of returning to an agrarian based society is not realistic at least on a large scale, though it could work at the community level. The same with many anarchist visions on the libertarian-left it is not a realistic philosophy at least on a large scale, but such societies could function and thrive at the local level. This is why I like the whole idea of communities functioning mostly independently at the local level, it allows for such systems of governments that would be considered impossible and Utopian on a large scale. No the ends often don’t justify the means this is true, and look at all the terrible examples around the world that highlight this fact. Good discussion, I hope to be back soon to read more articles.

      • MarxistMax October 2, 2013 / 6:55 pm

        Actually, in the past I’ve taken that test more than once as well, and it pretty much put me on the libertarian left. I don’t consider myself to be a libertarian in any way, in fact I tend to regard our cringe-worthy emphasis on self-expression as pointless and hypocritical.
        You’re right though, the only way agrarian culture can possibly thrive is at a local level, which is the whole idea behind the Transition Town Movement.

      • Alan Curtis Montgomery October 2, 2013 / 7:36 pm

        I disagree strongly with the unimportance of self-expression without it we are all merely the same. That is one of the biggest criticisms I have of Marxism is it fails to appreciate the individual and their value and worth. As far as libertarianism its opposite is authoritarianism. Do you consider yourself an authoritarian because obviously you are not a moderate? Authoritarian systems rather on the right or left always fail in the end and will fail eventually. Forced collectivization is no way to run a society as Marxist ideology endorses. One only has to look at the Soviet Union to see all the tragic results of such or the still struggling North Korea and Cuba trying to maintain such a system. China is still Communist but has become much more capitalistic in the last decade though it still is deeply authoritarian.

        I think too many people get these false ideas about words and ideologies because they don’t accurately understand them and become phobic of them. Where as if they truly understand the concepts they would find that such words and ideologies closely match their own. For example in America there is a huge fear of socialism, but many Americans actually support and endorse socialist principles yet do not realize it. However if you call them a socialist or democratic socialist or even mention the terms they become irate or made uncomfortable. For years I thought myself a liberal but I came to realize I am actually a libertarian-socialist. I label my political ideology as being a radical progressive; I do support many ideas of the progressive movement, however I am radical in the sense in that I am far more radical in my political ideas then a run of the mill progressive. In the end labels mean little as people have such diverse ideas of what the different labels means. I have heard people who are deeply conservative label themselves progressives and people deeply authoritarian label themselves libertarians. Therefore I have to ask them questions to truly know where they fall on the political spectrum.

      • MarxistMax October 2, 2013 / 8:44 pm

        I don’t think you understand me. I too am progressive for most of the time, I only become angry when we start teaching children that they are ‘really ever so special’. That type of thinking will transform you into a self-centered narcissist within a few years.
        I am pro-life, and I believe in the Tobin Tax.
        None of the authoritarian countries which you mentioned above are Communist or Socialist. They have attempted an equal society, but have failed as far as I’m concerned. I would never go as far in my drive for equality as they did, and I certainly don’t view them as an aspirational model.

      • Alan Curtis Montgomery October 2, 2013 / 9:15 pm

        I would agree it is not good to over-inflate young people’s self esteem. I think making them feel like crap about themselves though is even more damaging. It’s like most things in life you have to find a happy medium. I am pro-choice but anti-death penalty. I don’t feel the government has a place stopping a woman from aborting a clump of cells or fetus that could not survive outside the womb. Where I become less sure is in the third trimester as I start to see such as a human rights issue for the unborn baby at that point. I could support a third trimester ban if exceptions were made for the health of the mother and mental well being such as in cases of rape and incest. As far as the death penalty I believe no government should have the right to take the life of its own citizens and see it as nothing less then murder by the state. Tobin Tax, I believe is a tax on international currency transactions, yeah I could support that.

        I would beg to differ, though I will agree they were not how Marx envisioned such a system turning out. Marx actually is well known to have advocated for violence and force to bring about what he saw as an ideal society. Of course such authoritarians cherry pick concepts and aspects of Marx that enforce their views. I think more than equality their goal is control and power. Equality to them is just a nice catchphrase to convince people to be subservient. They give them just enough not to rebel but not enough they ever could be free and think for themselves. The people become slaves to the regime and state. I think their entire system is flawed because it puts the state supreme, the individual means next to nothing, and the collective citizenry does not mean much more. Life is cheap in those countries whats one hundred more dead people, we have too many people anyway. He is menace to society he does not deserve to live. The disabled and old are burdens on society let their families care for them or let nature take its course. That is how they view life.

  3. v000001 May 19, 2014 / 6:33 am

    Why have you decided to create a political opinion?

    • MarxistMax May 19, 2014 / 7:31 pm

      Dunno- just to pass the time really. You?

      • v000001 May 23, 2014 / 2:29 pm

        You just completely demeaned your political opinion.

      • MarxistMax May 24, 2014 / 6:54 pm

        It there was ever a time I demeaned myself, it was when I condescended to converse with you. Good day Sir.

  4. v000001 June 4, 2014 / 4:04 pm

    Yeah exactly; when you decided to transpose your meaningless sentiment into digital words. Although you demeaned yourself initially before this transposition, if your reasoning for having this political opinion was infact because you wanted to ‘pass time’. Maybe you were being sarcastic…I really can never tell through virtual communication. And although I understand your efforts to insult me and additionally patronise me through the ironic sign off of ‘good day sir’, as I am clearly not the superior being here (in you opinion), why not try and question me? If we had a logical, non-personal discussion about this, considering each other’s words n all, instead of you instantly dismissing my statement and attempting to insult me, we might develop a better understanding of the faults in each other’s opinions, and more importantly, the strengths.

  5. neotory October 12, 2014 / 1:47 pm

    How misguided this blogger is…

    • MarxistMax October 12, 2014 / 6:53 pm

      Not gonna follow that up with anything? Well, “neo-tory”, as you seem more interested in picking fights with those wiser and more experienced than you, rather than supplementing your rather lousy portfolio (one post, swooning like a French milk maid after Nigel Farage) lets see you explain the crisis of neo-liberal economics in 2008. P.S. Are you James Wriglesworth?

  6. NeoTory October 13, 2014 / 9:43 am

    Be fair, my portfolio has only existed for a day.

  7. Lidia Guerrini & Alex Eccles November 28, 2016 / 12:32 pm

    This blog is spectacular. Your views extremely affected mine. I honestly agree with all you’ve been saying for these past years. I appreciate your power and confidence. You’re my idol.

    • MarxistMax November 28, 2016 / 7:50 pm

      Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts, Lidia and Alex. And thank you, I also appreciate my “power and confidence”. Writing this has all been worth it if I have affected the younger generation. You make this blog. God bless.

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