DYFI-CUC organised the seventh study circle of this year. Today, we really put to the test everything we have learnt about historical materialism so far. We read Chapter 6 of What Is Marxism: Socialist Society.
The chapter speaks of what socialist society is likely to look like. It says that imagining a socialist society is not about taking all our favourite utopian ideas and combining them, but rather thinking of how an economy organised along socialist lines will realistically look. Socialist society, after all, emerges from capitalist society, with all its vestiges. The transition to the higher form of socialism – communism – will be impacted by these vestiges.
We had wide-ranging discussions in the course of reading this chapter: the relationship between centralisation and democracy, central planning and quality of services, international relations from a socialist country’s point of view, women’s lives under socialism, and the question of caste-based reservations. We also discussed at length the new Constitution of Cuba, and the extensively democratic and consultative process of its drafting. The goal to create a communist society was included in the new Cuban constitution not at the insistence of the party, which had left the phrase out, but through public demand. We spoke then of bureaucratisation in the Soviet Union, and political consciousness in Cuba.
We will keep Chapter 7: The Marxist View of Nature, as reading for homework, given that it is a chapter on Marxist philosophy that requires close, careful reading. Next week, we will discuss that chapter and read Chapter 8: A Guide to Action.
We hope to see you there, and do send us your questions and thoughts!
Central Unit Committee
Democratic Youth Federation of India – Delhi