What does it mean to be a Marxist-Leninist?

2016-04-20 15:21

Many people will tell you of how they once were Marxist-Leninists, but they’ll never tell you the reasons why they became Marxist-Leninists in the first place. Well, that is enough for me to argue that they never were Marxist-Leninists, Because you can’t decide to be a Marxist-Leninist, but you fail dismally to justify why you decided to take such a decision.

About a month ago, I attended a seminar by another Professor( I remember his name very well, but it is not worth being mentioned here). The gentleman, during the course of his seminar, decided to pause and take a swipe at Marxism/Leninism by saying that he once was a Marxist-Leninist until he went to the Soviet Union, where, according to him, he saw a completely different story of what he thought Marxism-Leninism was.

The worse part in that situation is that I couldn’t even raise my hand and ask anything. After all, he is the professor and he has travelled the world, while I, on the other hand, am just an undergraduate student, and have never even been to nearby Mozambique or Zimbabwe. So I had to act dumb and stupid there. But one thing that did com e to my mind at that time was that :

Yes, the gentleman may have gone to the Soviet Union, but if he truly was a Marxist-Leninist he wouldn’t have changed his ideological standing just because he went to the Soviet Union and didn’t like what he saw there. Because after all The Soviet union is just a country which claimed to be practicing the Marxist-Leninist theory, and thus Marxism-Leninism is not confined to the Soviet Union. Another country may emerge which could practice Marxism-Leninism in a more better way than the Soviet Union. So why does an intellectual guy like this one tend to conclude that Marxism-Leninism is the Soviet Union, and not vice versa?

Pity I couldn’t ask this question there, because he would have dismissed my question, for I know most professors don’t really like it when their intelligence is put to test.

Now let’s come to the question of the day, and that is What does it mean to be a Marxist-Leninist?  The answer to this question is very easy, to be a Marxist-Leninist doesn’t mean that one needs to have gone to the Soviet Union and find what they have expected. I mean we can’t all go to Russia, But I tell you now even if I can go there tomorrow, I will come back still a Marxist-Leninist. For I know, like I have argued before, that Marxism-Leninism is not confined to the Soviet Union.

To be a Marxist-Leninist, for me, one need to have read the COMMUNIST MANIFESTO, 1848, KARL MARX AND FRIEDERICK ENGELS. Now that is where any Marxist-Leninist must start. And to be a Marxist-Leninist doesn’t only mean that one must be from a disadvantaged background. I mean Marx and Engels themselves came from affluent backgrounds respectively. In fact Engels’ family owned a factory , meaning he experienced “exploitation of man by man” firsthand. So was he a selfish , he wouldn’t have helped Marx draft the 1848 Communist Manifesto. because this would have been against the wishes of his parents.

So this is enough for me to argue that anyone who believe in a classless society can be a Marxist-Leninist. To be a Marxist-Leninist mean to talk against the plight that the working class have to go through on a daily basis, It also mean to condemn patriarchalism, Xenophobia and other myopic nationalism. To be a Marxist-Leninist doesn’t mean that one must be a philanthropist as the Communist Manifesto says that philanthropy is done by the bourgeoisie class so as to maintain the status quo. The only thing that any Marxist-Leninist can do is to mobilize the people in order to bring about change to the current system of thing so as to create a society based on Common ownership of the means of production.

Giveman Sibuyi is,  first and foremost, A Marxist-Leninist who believe that the current system must be brought to its knees because it is blasphemous. It represent blasphemy.


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