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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 09 Apr 2011, 08:41
Komsomol
Post 18 Apr 2011, 06:37
My goal for the next month is to design a pamphlet or some sort of source for information regarding the Communist/ Socialist movement for the working class. I understand if my goal seems somewhat naive and unrealistic (seeing that I am only 16 years old) but i dont care because the neighborhood I live in has an average annual income of about $78,000 and have been seen amongst neighboring cities as "stuck up" and "snobby rich people" and I hope to somewhat impact the greedy capitalist minds of my community. At the end of the month, I hope to print out copies and go door to door passing them out while answering any basic questions. I realize that I'm presenting this to this website and explaining it very simply but if anyone could suggest phrases, images, or ANYTHING else possible to help me achieve this goal, I would greatly appreciate it. I dont really know if this was the right group to post this but I just want to get the message out and maybe get some help in the next month. Id appreciate it if no one criticized this thread because I am only trying to help. I want to take part in the Communist/ Socialist community and i hope you can help me do that. I also know that i may not make a huge impact but as long as I convince or even slightly influence just one person, my efforts will have not been wasted. I would also like to thank this website in giving me the determination to do this and the knowledge to make this happen. Thank you to anyone that helps. Together we can make change.
As a karate expert, I will not talk about anybody in this room......" - Jimmy McMillan
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 29 Mar 2011, 12:37
Komsomol
Post 18 Apr 2011, 08:01
I know you said you don't want criticism, and I do know that you mean well. However, I just don't think anyone is going to appreciate a sixteen year old coming to their door and telling them what to believe. This may also be exacerbated if you don't really have a strong enough grasp on the subject matter. Teaching someone is not the same as knowing something. It doesn't take just understanding of the ideas, but also understanding of how the ideas originated, and furthermore a thorough and concise understanding. A better move would be to join a local party, imo.

However, if you feel strongly that you must undertake this task, I wish you good luck.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 09 Apr 2011, 08:41
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Post 18 Apr 2011, 23:05
I dont mean to tell them what to believe, that would be a little too forward, considering my age and incomplete understanding of every aspect of communism/socialism, it would be difficult to change many minds and ideas towards communism. However, I think that, no matter how basic the knowledge i could provide, it would be better than nothing. Ill say agin that it seems naive but that is nly a minor speedbump in my determination. I understand enough to help others grasp the concepts, origination, and history of communism to explain it to the genreal public. Id like to say I have some people skills that help but, once agtain, I am only 16 and that misconstrudes peoples perception of me. Im very proud of what I believe in and I appreciate your input. It has given me more to think about and more to prepare for.Thanks
As a karate expert, I will not talk about anybody in this room......" - Jimmy McMillan
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 29 Mar 2011, 12:37
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Post 18 Apr 2011, 23:13
Ok then. The primary problem that you're going to face is that in a middle class neighborhood like the one you live in, no one is going to care. Not to say that they are members of the bourgeoisie or anything like that. That's all situational. But they certainly will probably not view those that are worse off than them as being in the same category, thus it's harder to make solidarity appeal to them. The other thing you might find is that many in the middle class are actually social democrats, and may think of themselves as more moderate socialists privately, even though they clearly are not. Both my parent consider themselves socialists, and both support Democrats at the elections. They may be more receptive to hearing you talk, but they simply don't have a clear view of what it means to be a capitalist or a socialist. That's going to be the primary problem that you encounter, misunderstanding about ideologies.

I have always thought that the youth are by far more revolutionary than people that are older. At a certain point in their life, most people have simply given up and just live from thrill to thrill. It may be crappy, but I think it's just a symptom of a systemic over-specialization, in which people have chosen lives in which they are only useful for one subject of information.
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