"The present situation of society — this is now pretty generally conceded — is the creation of the ruling class of today, of the bourgeoisie. The mode of production peculiar to the bourgeoisie, known, since Marx, as the capitalist mode of production, was incompatible with the feudal system, with the privileges it conferred upon individuals, entire social ranks and local corporations, as well as with the hereditary ties of subordination which constituted the framework of its social organization. The bourgeoisie broke up the feudal system and built upon its ruins the capitalist order of society, the kingdom of free competition, of personal liberty, of the equality, before the law, of all commodity owners, of all the rest of the capitalist blessings. Thenceforward, the capitalist mode of production could develop in freedom. Since steam, machinery, and the making of machines by machinery transformed the older manufacture into modern industry, the productive forces, evolved under the guidance of the bourgeoisie, developed with a rapidity and in a degree unheard of before. But just as the older manufacture, in its time, and handicraft, becoming more developed under its influence, had come into collision with the feudal trammels of the guilds, so now modern industry, in its complete development, comes into collision with the bounds within which the capitalist mode of production holds it confined. The new productive forces have already outgrown the capitalistic mode of using them. And this conflict between productive forces and modes of production is not a conflict engendered in the mind of man, like that between original sin and divine justice. It exists, in fact, objectively, outside us, independently of the will and actions even of the men that have brought it on. Modern Socialism is nothing but the reflex, in thought, of this conflict in fact; its ideal reflection in the minds, first, of the class directly suffering under it, the working class." - Frederick Engels,Socialism:Utopian and Scientific
I must come out of the closet once more in life not regarding my sexual orientation that's been a fact for awhile now but I must come our of how i've felt politically for some time.I'm a Socialist. I recently accepted this part of my person which in some way was a struggle but after I realized I was like hey it's true just as much as my being a gay man.Allow me to engage you in a dialogue of what convinced me of such:
First of all personally I feel i'm a Socialist.I was born of a very poor family in the southern United States.Watching my family struggle was a very hard thing.There was abuse and I can't help but blame some of that abuse on the lack off they experienced.Before going to college I experienced homeless for the first time in having this experience i saw how the upper classes would look upon those like me of the lower classes .In experiencing this homeless it encouraged to rise out of such to help part of what helped was government programs for which I'm thankful.This led me to lobby throughout my college career the Florida Legislature as a citizen lobbyist this was pretty fun speaking not only against poverty for the natural world from which we all are apart.In 2014 in dealing with what most millenials today that being a lack of work despite doing so much I decided to move to Chicago not knowing anyone I entered transitional housing with a goal to join an intentional community within six months I had a job and had joined Reba Place Fellowship the second oldest Christian Community founded off Bruderhof values .I now live in one of Chicago's northshore suburbs and part of my time here has been spent in pride of what I become through the help of those so-called socialist program of our country and well my own poverty too and rising from it and doing some amazing things within it.
Second,Religiously i'm a Socialist not only am I a member of a Christian Intentional community but i'm a Quaker and these words from John Woolman sum up my own Quaker Socialism:
"To labour for an establishment in divine love where the mind is disentangled from the power of darkness is the great business of man’s life. Collecting of riches, covering the body with fine-wrought, costly apparel, and having magnificent furniture operates against universal love and tends to feed self, that to desire these things belongs not to the children of the Light."-"Plea for the poor"
Simply put our human purpose should not be about what we have but the love we establish for each.Woolman even refereed to such as "Our Business'.Not the the want off material needs as most businesses attest"We want more money" the vision of business should change'How does my business spread great love to others.Religiously I feel materialism of all types(spiritual,social,physical etc...)is something that we should resist Mammon to me exists in all these forms and we should resist such striving to be"Children of the light"to our fellow beings.
Lastly,Socially socialism makes sense.Why do we need social classes?what's the point of them.As human being we all face birth this is the cycle of what we are.If these are the two norms why do we need such social structures?I don't see such in my own life I treat both rich and poor equally as human being we all bleed the same blood don't we?I've met people from all walks from the super-rich to the incredibly destitute I see a lot of the problems across the board.Socialism recognizes this oneness and so do I.
So yes i'm a Socialist and Proud this rises out of who I am,what i've experienced,and the very truths I stand on.Nobody has convinced me off such but my own inner guide.It is me and i'm it.I believe Socialism is viable to everyone and I have a program that I think the Socialist Party USA reach out to the so-called "Middle-Class" even more.I'm ready to contribute and I call upon all of my fellow human beings to ARISE ! ,ARISE !,ARISE! NO MORE SHOULD WE DENY THAT WE ARE ONE !!!!
Queries to Ponder:
Do you think your a Socialist too?Why not join?
Do you recognize how materialism destroys lives?
Do you notice how classes really don't exist and the truth being that we all are really on as a human species?
"With the abolition of private property, then, we shall have true, beautiful, healthy Individualism. Nobody will waste his life in accumulating things, and the symbols for things. One will live. To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all."-Oscar Wilde,The Soul of Man under Socialism