Hi fellas !
I am a Frenchman currently studying Political Sciences in Russia.
I am very new in the forum but I kinda like the idea, I feel quite alone when I talk about socialism or communism, even among my friends as everyone mostly regard those political concepts as too "oldfashion"...
Anyway, I am not sure about in which sections I should ask this or this stuff but anyway, as I am starting a new topic I'll continue in this one.
Just to brievly speak about my political ideas :
As I wrote before, I am currently in Russia and I am, "of course", really interested in Cold War and former USSR.
I don't really believe that the end of the Cold War led to the "end of History" as Fukuyama wrote, but on the opposite, a world of complete chaos.
There are no obstacles to neo-liberalism, deepening the gap, while marketing, advertising and entertainment are more and more weakening any idea of social contestation, or let's say revolution. Individualism seems to be the only motto, especially in the West.
I studies international relations & political sciences I am focusing more on international aspects of politics and political struggle as well.
Therefore, I don't even know if I can consider myself as a guenine "communist" in the marx-leninist term, but maybe more trostkiyst.
I am clearly ashamed to see the current situation in Lybia and Ivory Coast for example, as a clear manifestation of nowadays' imperialism towards poorer countries in the name of "protecting civilians" (gosh it is not genocide, it is a civil war... What are they waiting for to intervene in Palestine then ?).
I am not really specialized in economy as well, but anyway I do not believe that socialist/communist countries can compete with other liberal countries. Free education, high salaries and so on can not challenge social dumping, that's why I do think spreading communist ideology is the only viable option.
I would like now to ask you several questions :
1) At first, how do you conceive the communist approach on a, let's say, vertical dimension ? Do you think that it should be in a "bottom-top" vertical, meaning that idea and legitimacy come from the people only ?
Or, in the other hand, it could be "top-bottom", meanings that instauration of communist state by small amount of people (elites, military or whatever) can also be legitimated (with popular support etc) ?
2) How do you see the role of religion ? I know that, for instance, Chavez is more or less using christianism in his own ideology. It can be for populism of course, as christianism is quite spread in Latin America, but even if I am agnostic, I consider part of the Christian values as quite good. Principle of sharing, solidarity, love, tolerance, openminding... I think that protestantism is more, somehow, responsible for the rise of capitalism and liberalism rather other religions, while emphasizing on material values and personal wealth.
3) How do you consider communism today ? According to you, do you know any single state which can be say communism ? (do not tell me China please).
4) Any ideas/solutions for the next decades/centuries ?
I don't know my questions were clear or not...
Thanks for future answers