We must firmly fight against social-chauvinist attitudes in the communist movement. Social-chauvinism is theoretical detritus dumped on the heads of the masses and a massive disservice to many comrades who are engaging in concrete struggles against homophobia and other garbage deriving from atavistic/religious prejudice. Social-chauvinism is the recreation of class divisions within the movement, it is the failure to tap into the contradictions of bourgeois society to broaden our ranks by drawing in people who are doubly or triply or quadruply exploited because of their skin color, nationality, gender or sexual preference. It is lack of seriousness and is really just acquiescence to “traditionalist” and religious refuse from the dumpster of class society.
It is often assumed that communism equates liberation for the whole of humanity from the shackles of oppression; this includes Persons of Color, Women, and, of course, Queer people. Yet is this set in stone? When a communist mode of production is realized and class society has disintegrated does this automatically entail equality for oppressed and minority groups? Just the same, is the inverse true: is a classless society which still oppresses Queer people (and others) “communist” even when classes have dissolved?
If communism is defined as simply a classless society than it must be agreed upon that bigotry and communism are compatible. To efface such birthmarks more would need to be added to the definition. Yet, as it stands, this is a peculiar contradiction. Mostly for its “against the grain” attitude as communism is traditionally seen as liberation.
Facts do, however, stand in the way. Glaringly, the bourgeois mode…
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