At present when I want to understand more and it is quite new to me I try to understand myself more about that piece of information mainly from Internet. Suppose I get some basic understanding, I discuss with my friends and colleagues whom I trust. The relation is evolved over a period of time. It is always important to have such friend circle. I am just a kid in our circle 😀 During this phase, I might get corrected or get more points to back my understanding which is according to my intelligence. I am not getting brainwashed anytime.
On top of it, I have an ideology. I am a budding Marxist. This has happened to me after a lot of reading and interaction. Marx himself made a stand on critical thinking. It goes like this“ruthless criticism of all that exists, ruthless both in the sense of not being afraid of the results it arrives at and in the sense of being just as little afraid of conflict with the powers that be.”
I understand that Marxism helps me understand a problem by co-relating the economical and social aspect of it in a historical context , which is more convincing to me than anything else. Marxism explains in detail what is capitalism and how does it operate. In fact, it is understood that Marx is the person who studied capitalism to the deep than anyone else. That’s why he could come up with a such a groundbreaking critics on capitalism and stressed upon overthrowing it. “Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it” said by Marx.
Based on the Marxist theoretical understanding I can say that in India we have a corporate(capitalist) Hindutva government.( When it was Congress government they were capitalist government). The moment such a move like demonetization announced , I did not need to think twice about the pro people factor in it. That set base for my thought and further reading or investigation is to gather more knowledge to back my understanding.
How many actually talked about the source of black money that is black activities ? The fact is that a capitalist gov can not address the issue of black activities and black money.
So every matter around us can be explained in Marxian way. The beauty is that a Marxist can always critic another Marxist which is considered to be a healthier practice among Marxists 😀
It is important to always to dig the issue to its core or we just get wrong.
One last point , On last Sunday at FSMK Office during the discussion, at one point I argued that Housewives also should be paid. Most of them opposed me. Those who opposed, try to emphasize on keywords “love” , “family” etc. I made this point not from a sympathy point of view but from a Marxist understanding of what is a labor ? what is a family? etc
Reading of “Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State” https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/download/pdf/origin_family.pdf helped me to get a different perspective on family. This work also answers why prostitution exists and that is directly connected to the origin of the family too. Similarly, a free software could be explained in a Marxist line.
According to me being a Marxist is a meaningful way of living too.