- Nov 2008
- Melbourne, Australia
This is an incorrect description of Marx's prescription of socialist society. I don't know where you got this description. At a guess I'd say it was pieced together from uninformed observations of the Bolshevik and Stalinist revolutions and some improvisation. Personally, I'd like to see some evidence that Marx intended this system. The system that he actually intended can be gleaned from the very word of "Communism". It was to be an international system of classlessness. There would be no central administrator. Certainly this is what happened in Russia and China, but these were misguided attempts at Socialism within One Country, which is not what Marx intended at all. Society would divide into "communes": Relatively small, local, democratic, regularly elected cores which would help to ensure common ownership of the means of production and generally operate within the guidelines, "From each according to his ability to each according to needs". There would be no central government. No political discrimination. No terror. No totalitarianism.In Marx dream world the people would rule themselves, obviously this no possible how can several million people all have a say? So you would need to reduce it a bit say though councils or committees. Ever served on a committee you want to try it, it is an experience, one likely to scar you for life. These committees would speak for the people, not sure how they would know what the people wanted since there was no democratic structures but hey! Contradiction is the one constant in Marxist ideas.
Anyway, in the Marxist doctrine there was one who was shall we say head of the committee an administrator.
So we have a dictatorship of all the people, now devolved down to a committee at the head of which is an administrator (or as rational people call it the machinery of state). Now you must remember this dictatorship allows no dissent, for according to Marx and his disciplines to dissent means you are a capitalist etc and following the concept of bloody revolution must have been missed during the slaughter, still easily remedied we can have labour camps (strange these people did not even own their labour remember what I said about contradiction).
So we have a dictatorship of all the people, now devolved down to a committee at the head of which is an administrator who has frankly unlimited power, can he be removed? Well since there is no democratic accountability or structures it would be difficult wouldn’t you say?