I converted to Communism from Christianity. Both of those terms will mean very different things to different people. I provide a short explanation and I order my explanation to keep it short. This explanation focuses on my personal experience of conversion to Communism from Christianity so that it provides some continuity between the old and the new.
The first basic fact of becoming a Communist is that I now not only promote the ideology of atheism but I insist on it. The abolition of all organized religion (Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish etc.) in the country in which I live, The UK, is the first objective. This means prohibiting the practice of religion in public places. It means closing all the churches, mosques and synagogues etc. It means prohibiting any practice in a public place (work and school etc.) that is based on accommodating religious beliefs. There can be no breaks for a prayer. There can be no religious instruction. It does not however automatically lead to a prohibition in the wearing of clothes which have been previously associated with religious faith such as the burka. That may become a future dictate of the state but the role of the state is not to be a “fashion police”. Neither does is automatically lead to the prohibition of the practice of religion at home in small groups. It is not the desire of a Communist state to systematically invade the privacy of a citizen’s own home and rob them of the right to practice the autonomy of thought in their private world. Needless to say education will be a key ingredient to prevent the resurgence of any religion which might threaten state security.
The second basic fact of becoming a Communist is that I reject the current concept of democracy in favour of the Marxist concept captured in the phrase “Dictatorship of the Proletariat”. Marx said “The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.” Therefore I convert to Communism not to be a normal politician who stands for election on the generally agreed principle that if our political party wins that after a fixed amount of time (normally 5 years) our party will dissolve its government and stand for election once again. A vote for us, if we won, would be your last “general election” vote. However you will still have lots of voting to do, but not on deciding which party runs the country. It is a basic principle of Communism that this governing system runs on the basis of a one party state.
There are many other subjects to be considered that have not been touched on by my two basic facts above. I will now consider those other subjects briefly so I can then move on to explain my conversion from Christianity to Communism as it relates to the above two facts. As I want to keep my explanation provided here short I will not relate my conversion to Communism to the subjects considered below. Those can be considered at greater length in my other writings. For the moment below a summary of some of my views on additional subjects to explain my new Communist views.
- My views are intellectual and are subject to change. In a Communist state the population is divided into the proletariat (the vast majority) and members of the Communist Party (only small in number). Debate is encouraged within the two divisions to collectively decide on future policy and a system of education to consolidate the viewpoint of what has been collectively decided upon. There will always be dissent. My views are subject to change. I may be wrong about some things. I look forward to debate and participation in a collective decision making process (e.g. electronic voting). If I dissent and I am outvoted I accept that I have some freedom to continue to be in dissent but there equally exists the collective duty of the majority to guide dissenters into accepting the “party line”. This applies equally when my views are aligned with the collective and we have a duty to guide dissenters into accepting the “party line”. Ultimately dissent can be punished with expulsion from the party, prison or hospitalisation in systems designed to purify dissent from the mind. It is important to remember Communism welcomes the best intellectuals who can debate and reason. However it is also true that the two basic facts, as stated above, need respected. The privileges that go with membership of the Communist Party also come with strict duties primarily related to the two basic facts related to a Communist state. That is to maintain within the state the abolition of all organized religion and to rule a country on the governing principle that it is done in line with the concept of “the dictatorship of the proletariat”.
- Monarchy. The continued existence of The UK’s monarchy is not in any conflict with the success of a one party, Communist state. By default the continuance of the monarch is desired in the purely ceremonial role it has evolved into. It can be considered to belong to a special category within Communist Party membership; it is not possible to allocate the class of “royal birth” to that of “proletariat”. The successful accommodation of a monarchy into a one party, Communist state will help avoid the excesses of “state grandeur”. Loyalty to the monarch and the Communist Party are entirely compatible. The challenging issue of wealth and income inequality must be addressed before the ease of compatibility is appreciated.
- Money. The purpose of a skilled, technocratic leadership is to create a better, more equal and ultimately a wealthier society that is balanced with all environmental needs. This includes the challenge of global warming and its scientific corollary, the possibility of manned atomic space flight to new easily habitable worlds beyond our solar system. “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” was a slogan popularised by Karl Marx. The ability of the monarchy is to provide national unity, pageantry and to be custodians of a rich cultural heritage including art and buildings. For that they need their wealth to be preserved, not re-distributed. The economic system under which The UK, a future Communist might exist, is dissimilar to the conditions of Russia in 1917. Keynesian economic theory was derived as a formulaic theory in the 1930s to explain the weakness of free-market Capitalism. Communism is opposed to Capitalism as a system but not rigidly opposed to the possession of personal capital itself. Members of the Communist Party will certainly possess some capital and a great deal more than the proletariat. One of the main challenges will be on the issue of conspicuous consumption. It is not possible to envisage an old style Communist system where media control denies the population access to images of some consumer goods available. Consumerism is here with us to stay. However there is also a duty derived from principles, both environmental and Marxist, to reduce some superfluous consumption patterns and free up resources to meet the longer term aims of the new Communist state. It is particularly pertinent to success in JSS or Jump Star Science.
- Hunting. Stewardship of the countryside is best managed in permitting the pursuit of blood sports such as fox hunting. It is a middle-class, urban viewpoint that has resulted in fox hunting being banned. One of the specific aims of Communism is to abolish the middle class by combining them with the working class to make a “proletariat”. The aim is not to reduce the living standards of the middles classes to “working class” poverty, but to raise the living standards of all the working classes to that of the middle. It is currently estimated 80% of the population would ratify the current hunting ban if a referendum was held. Such bourgeoisie logic does not concern or intimidate the one party Communist State. A vital element to the success and implementation of new Communism in The UK is likely partly to depend upon the existing military class who realize democracy will never return to them a valued country pursuit. Communism is not ideologically aligned any particular leisure activity, including hunting. However what constitutes the “Dictatorship of the Proletariat” needs to be evaluated in conjunction with “the abolition of all organized religion”, especially in complex policy decisions. The dominant but largely hidden role of psychiatry within the Capitalist system in determining how the masses think should never be underestimated.
- Psychiatry. This science “of the mind” has developed specifically in advanced, Capitalist nations to eliminate wherever possible “delusions of grandeur”. This means that clever, intelligent people who exhibit thoughts traditionally aligned with the Communist Manifesto of Marx and Engels such as “the worker’s paradise” are likely to be trapped and treated. Those with “delusions of the diminutive” are rarely trapped and treated. Hence the growth of animal rights activists. In a Communist Party state the current psychiatric system will be overturned, details of which are beyond the scope of this discussion here.
- Animal rights. The abolition of all organized religion means that there will be no accommodation for slaughter house techniques to produce meat simply to fit religious belief. Those who will not eat meat as slaughtered according to the high welfare standards of the state must become vegetarians or leave the country in order to not die of hunger.
I want to explain my conversion from Christianity to Communism. I spent ten years, encouraged by my immigrant wife, discovering the roots of my family in the Christian faith. I was raised by my father as an atheist. However my grandfather and great grandfather were Church of Scotland missionaries in what is now called Malawi, in Africa.
I subscribed to the internationalist philosophy of “Liberal Leave” during the EU Referendum of 2016. I believe democracy is now incapable of delivering Brexit. The new Communist state will deliver this.
In outlining the above set of beliefs, defining the ideology to which I recently converted, I will first reiterate my disclaimer found in point 1: “my views are intellectual and are subject to change”.
Communism like all political ideologies requires collaborative effort. Success depends not only creating committees in the community so that it organizes action but in debating policies to produce a “party line”. What I provide above is a start only. It provides enough for me to lay the foundations on which I can say “I am a Communist”. Inevitably other self-declared Communists can disagree. They can say I have missed some principle or I contradicted another. However we are not yet an existing organization and there is no group membership that I could claim to represent. So we welcome new contacts from like-minded people. From those who read this and now want to work with us or alternatively have enough curiosity or toleration of our views to assist our development.