• The Necessity of Communist Morality

    Author(s):
    Taylor R. Genovese (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Group(s):
    Cultural Studies, Political Philosophy & Theory, Utopian Studies
    Subject(s):
    Communism, Christian ethics, Political theology, Moral development, Socialism
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Marxism-Leninism, morality, Moral and political theology, Moral formation, Marxism
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/nt2g-5575
    Abstract:
    It becomes hard for me to think of morality as inherently an oppressive tool of the ruling class. After all, we would be hard pressed to find a communist who isn’t drawn to Marxism—or any left tendency for that matter—who doesn’t possess a strong, disciplined moral conviction that guides their actions and assists them in determining what is the right or wrong course of revolutionary action. And the choice that is deemed good/right—whether it is derived from a scientific or utopian framework—tends to be similar no matter the tendency: a devotion to toppling capitalism, a love for humanity and the drive to assist in the liberation/empowerment of the dispossessed, the desire to bring about and defend communism, a rejection of racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, xenophobia, etc. It is only in the strategies for achieving these morally correct choices that the many left-tendencies begin to diverge. In short, I argue that a communist is foremost a moral actor and as such, we draw from an explicit, yet often nebulously defined, communist morality.
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